Princeton (MA) to Buy Fire Apparatus

The Princeton Board of Selectmen granted the acting fire chief the authority to start shopping for a fire truck at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Acting Chief John Bennet went before the board with the proposal after seeing the market for used fire trucks being flooded with good buys.

The Fire Department budget includes $60,000 appropriated at town meetings in 2012 and 2013, intended to be spent on a new pump for Engine 5, Chief Bennet said.

Engine 5 is deployed on every call and has been since it was rolled off the line in 1993. Putting money into a 20-year-old truck is not the best investment, the acting chief said.

Used trucks are on the market with custom chassis, six-man cabs and 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumps, and the department could buy one for $60,000, Chief Bennet said.

If a used vehicle is purchased, it would replace Engine 2, a 1980-built truck that has been out of service for three years. Engine 5 would become a secondary response vehicle and the newly purchased truck would be the primary response truck.

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