Lincolnville (ME) has welcomed a new tanker with a lineup of firefighters waiting outside the station.
Lincolnville carefully budgets for its fire apparatus, spacing out the purchase of new trucks every seven years. This was the year to replace an old 1,000-gallon capacity tanker built in 1981 with a new truck that can haul 3,000 gallons of water to the remotest of locations in a town with 56 miles of mostly rural roads and long dirt driveways.
The tanker had been built in Pierce Manufacturing’s plant in Bradenton (FL) and Lincolnville’s Fire Department received weekly photographs of the truck under construction. The tanker carried a $332,000 price tag, with 42 percent of that cost funded by donations from the fundraising portfolio of Lincolnville Fire Department, while the rest has been shouldered by Lincolnville taxpayers, who approved the purchase at town meeting last June.
Lincolnville has three other Pierce-built engines, and decided to go with Pierce again because of the company’s history of producing quality fire trucks.
Fire Chief Jason Peasley said Nov. 4 that training has already started on the new truck, and on Sunday, eight firefighters spent several hours learning to drive it.
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