Gilford residents will again be asked this year to vote to approve the purchase of a new fire truck that will replace the 25-year-old Engine 4. Age-related issues have taken that truck off the road.
Engine 4, which has been the town’s pump truck and has served as the primary backup to Engine 1, the department’s “attack” engine since it was added to the town’s fleet, was scheduled to be retired in March because of its disrepair. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that all fire apparatus over 25 years old be replaced.
In the last vote, residents did not approve the purchase of the $450,000 truck.
Fire Chief Stephen Carrier said the fire department’s truck usage this summer shows the need for a new truck. There have been six calls that required the town to borrow a neighboring town’s fire truck in place of Engine 4. In three of those cases, the department borrowed a Laconia truck, and three times it borrowed a Belmont truck.
On several occasions, mutual aid was needed from other towns because the town only has three trucks at the moment, he said.
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