The Portland Fire Department is requesting in this year’s capital improvement budget to purchase a new ladder truck and two new engines, reports Portland Press Herald.
The fire department is requesting $2.7 million from the city’s $16.5 million capital improvement plan. Those three vehicles would help replace six of the department’s oldest pieces of equipment, which are all at least 20 years old. Two of the aging vehicles have failed inspection and have been taken off the road.
The department had hoped to purchase five new pieces of equipment, but because of other funding needs a city official recommended buying only three. The department is likely to request another ladder truck and engine in the 2023 capital improvement budget.