Straham Fire Department Looks Forward to New Tanker

The Stratham Fire Department (NH) will soon have a new tanker, dubbed “Tanker 8.” The new truck cost $436,500, with $180,000 coming from the town’s capital reserve fund.

The remainder of the money was provided from the ambulance account, Stratham Volunteer Fire Association donations and an anonymous donor.

Assistant Fire Chief Matt Larrabee said that the new truck has a 3,000-gallon tank which is important for a town with no fire hydrants.

The old tanker also needs replaced as it was manufactured by the Fire Apparatus division of FMC, which shut down in 1990. If the pump broke, there would be no replacement.

In a fatal fire in 2010, the old tanker truck experienced equipment malfunctions. The equipment malfunction indicated the air-operated control cylinder stopped working although a light falsely showed it was engaged.

The pump is tested annually and failed its test in 2011. The town then created a Tanker Committee which looked into purchasing a new truck. After looking at four trucks, the HME/Ahern truck was selected.

It has a 2,000-gallon per minute Hale pump, with a 500 horsepower engine built for 2007 emissions standards, a 3,000 gallon tank, and a 35-foot, 24-foot and 14-foot ladders.

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