Once it’s outfitted with equipment and inspected, a new fire truck will be ready to join Montville’s fleet.
The Town Council is expected to authorize Mayor Ronald McDaniel to execute a lease purchase agreement for the truck, a custom heavy rescue mounted on a 2016 Ferrara Igniter front chassis, with associated equipment.
“It’s just about ready to be delivered,” McDaniel said. He said it had been painted and the work should continue until about the end of the month. “Our guys have to go and take a look at it to make sure everything is built to specifications and there are no problems.”
The manufacturer is Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. of Holden, La., a company that has produced fire trucks for Norwich, Bozrah, Ledyard and Old Lyme, as well as the Mohegan and Oakdale fire departments, according to its website.
Norwich has two front-line pumper trucks built by the company in 2007 and 2012. The trucks use the same front chassis, the Igniter, as the Montville truck.
“We’re very pleased with the Ferrara trucks,” Norwich Fire Chief Kenneth Scandariato said. “They’re consistent and easy to maintain. They perform really well.”
Montville’s new truck will replace an existing heavy rescue vehicle and will be housed at Station 1 on Route 163, McDaniel said. The vehicle still must be transported to Connecticut and then will be outfitted with equipment at Shipman’s Fire Equipment Company in Waterford.
The terms of the lease purchase agreement indicate the new truck would be financed over an eight-year period, with no more than $505,342 to be financed. The town would make annual installment payments of principal and interest.
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