The Harvard (MA) Fire Department will soon be asking the town to approve funding for a new combination aerial/pumper truck, reports harvardpress.com.
Swayed by a state grant that would fund 44% of the total estimated cost (about $1.7 million) for the apparatus, the Capital Planning and Investment Committee (CPIC) recently voted unanimously to recommend the purchase. The remainder would be funded by excluded debt, which has to pass at both a mid-October town meeting and at the ballot box on November 2, according to the report.
Fire officials say the new apparatus would replace the 42-year-old tower purchased by the department in 2015 for about $20,000. Officials say that that truck responds to about 16% of calls, but the new one will respond to about 47% of emergencies.
If the purchase does go through, the department will not drop any of its existing pumpers, the report says. Instead, when their time is up they’ll be put in reserve status for six years then replaced.