Scarborough, Maine—Voters will decide in a referendum whether to purchase a new fire apparatus to replace Engine 3, which went into service in 1990. A proposed bond will enable the town to purchase a modern truck to take over for the older unit, which operates out of the Pleasant Hill Station.
Engine 3 was the last apparatus to be designed for a specific district—its water tank capacity is 25% lower than other Scarborough pumpers, and it carries less hose as well. Originally it was assigned to cover a district equipped with fully pressurize hydrants. Since then, the Scarborough Fire Department has adopted a policy of standardizing its fleet, which on occasion will be called out to areas beyond the hydrant district. Consequently, water capacity is critical.
Voters must understand how apparatus is reassigned to meet the differing needs within the community. Because of Scarborough’s size (54 square miles), the department has to operate out of six neighborhood fire stations to meet national response standards.
The first interest and principal payments for the bond to purchase this new apparatus won’t be due until the town retires two previous fire department bonds, one for the purchase of Engine 7 which will be paid of this coming November, and one for the purchase of Squad 7, our heavy rescue, which will be paid off next fiscal year.
For more details on Scarborough’s proposed new pumper, see http://leader.mainelymediallc.com/news/2014-10-10/In_the_Know/Replacement_of_Pleasant_Hill_fire_truck.html.