Pepperell (MA) to Spend $20,000 to Fix Fire Apparatus

Pepperell selectmen voted Monday to issue a $20,000 Band-Aid.

Fire Department officials told selectmen their ladder truck is out of order and one of three forestry trucks has gone on its final call.

The truck was purchased new in 1987. The pistons supporting the ladder need to be replaced, said Fire Chief Toby Tyler. The ladder drifts and will not pass certification.

Another option might be to find a used truck. A new ladder truck can cost $1 million.

“We have to repair it,” said Town Administrator Mark Andrews. As he recommended, the selectmen voted to approve a reserve-fund transfer of $20,000.

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