Woodstock Residents Approve Purchase of Pumper-Tanker Fire Apparatus

Residents voted Tuesday evening to authorize the town to lease-purchase a 2016 Freightliner pumper-tanker firetruck during a special town meeting at the Woodstock Town Office.

The 350-horsepower Freightliner would be built by Midwest Fire Co. in Luverne, Minn., for $218,944.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield explained that the Woodstock Fire Department’s 1987 Engine 1 pump truck was taken out of service because it needed at least $48,000 of repairs.

Fire Chief Kyle Hopps said that he had taken Engine 1 to Vassalboro for a pump test, which it failed.

“We’ve been doing pump tests in house since 2010,” Hopps said. “The pump test in Vassalboro was the first time we had done a pump test outside of town in five years. They ended up finding all kinds of problems with it. It would’ve been at least $48,000, and that’s not even counting the electrical components that needed fixing.”

Board of Selectmen Chairman Ron Deegan said that he and the rest of the board “could not imagine swallowing that amount of money for a used truck,” and asked Hopps to look at other options.

The options put before the selectmen included purchasing another used firetruck, purchasing a smaller, used pumper-tanker, selling Engine 1 and saving the money for a new truck or repairing Engine 1.

Hopps told residents that if they approved the article, $90,000 would be taken from the Fire Department’s reserve funds and put towards a down payment on the new truck.

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