Repairs Put Aging Fire Apparatus Back in Service

GILFORD, NH—The Gilford (NH) Fire Department expects to have its 25-year-old fire apparatus back in service by February 1, after spending almost $50,000 in repairs.

Town officials say that the truck will be able to legally travel on state roads once the work is complete, and should work better than before. It will be placed back in service even though the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that apparatus be retired after 25 years of service.

In September, voters defeated a ballot question to buy a new engine to replace the 25-year-old piece, which has been off the road since April after a state inspection. Since being taken off the road, the town has had to borrow apparatus from nearby communities and rely heavily on mutual aid.

Required repairs included, brakes, radiator, cab, and electrical system, and it needed a new pump.

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