HAMPDEN- A new change will be coming to Hampden Public Safety.
On Monday, the Hampden Town Council authorized the town manager to get a fire truck worth $998,000 for the town.
According to Hampden’s Public Safety Director Christian Bailey, what makes this new truck special is that it will have more features than the trucks the station has currently.
“It has five different functions, which is a pumper, a water tank, a fire hose, a ladder, an aerial device and ground ladders that are all part of this one apparatus,” Bailey said in July 15’s town council meeting.
The aerial device, Bailey referenced in July’s council meeting is important.
“The aerial ladder allows us to put water in places that we can’t traditionally put ladder with hoses, higher up in buildings, higher up in floors. It allows us to do rescues more effectively, safely and quickly,” Hampden Fire Lieutenant Matt St. Pierre said.
St.Pierre added that the only vehicles the station have currently are a tanker and an engine but nothing that gives them the versatility to serve the community like this new truck will.
“The town is continuously growing we’re adding lots and lots of additional buildings, properties, high risk hazards. Things we haven’t been able to access without a ladder and have to rely heavily on mutual aid, we’ll be able to better serve by providing with our own piece of apparatus with our own people,” St. Pierre said.
To get the new truck, the town manager will have to get into a ten-year lease purchase agreement.
“Going forward this is a piece of apparatus that’s going to provide a tremendous amount of benefit to our community as well as the community that already assist us when we have fires here,” St. Pierre said.