Paxton MA Receives Gift of Fire Apparatus

An anonymous donor has offered the Paxton (MA) Fire Department $25,000 to purchase a used fire truck.

After consulting with the donor, Fire Chief Jay Conte said the department will look for a used Quint, or ladder truck with pump, similar to the one the department already owns. The department has used Quint since 1981 and the firefighters are very familiar with the brand.

That truck was purchased in 2003 and gets a lot of use. The truck is in need of some refurbishment, which could go as high as $100,000, and could be out of service for some time, said Conte.

The chief has been searching dealerships for used trucks and has narrowed the range to five vehicles. The purchase will be outright, so the department will not be going through a bid process for a used truck.

The chief said the second ladder will be handy when responding to fires at larger homes, Anna Maria College or the planned senior housing.

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