New Fairfield (CT) Replaces Aging Fire Truck with New, Budget-Friendly Tanker

The new Pierce/Freightliner features an 1,800-gallon water tank, a 1,250 gallon-per-minute pump, and a 350-horsepower engine.

According to a report from NewsTimes, the New Fairfield (CT) Volunteer Fire Department’s (NFVFC’s) Company A has added a brand-new $416,000 2021 Pierce/Freightliner M2-106 to its fleet.

The new truck replaces the NFVFC’s aging Tanker 7, which Company A had used for more than 20 years to shuttle water to and from fire scenes.

NFVFC Assistant Chief Kristian Ebbesen said the original plan had been to refurbish the 1997 Freightliner FL80, but those plans changed after Gowans-Knights, a Watertown-based fire apparatus and equipment company, evaluated the truck.

The new Pierce/Freightliner features an 1,800-gallon water tank, a 1,250 gallon-per-minute pump, and a 350-horsepower engine and is expected to be used as a water shuttle.

The new tanker was originally budgeted at $550,000, but it eventually cost just $415,900, most of which was covered by money from the town’s Fire Department Reserve Fund, according to Ebbesen.

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