Charlemont fire chief seeks new pumper truck

  • The Charlemont Fire Station on Factory Road. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/24/2022 4:59:55 PM
Modified: 2/24/2022 4:59:33 PM

CHARLEMONT — The Fire Department has applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant that would cover a portion or the entirety of the $649,000 estimated cost for a new pumper truck.

Fire Chief Dennis Annear addressed the Selectboard and Finance Committee at Wednesday’s joint meeting. Selectboard members convened at Town Hall, while the Finance Committee participated via telephone.

Annear said the $649,000 price tag doesn’t include “anything super special.”

“Wow,” Selectboard member Bill Harker responded when informed of the new truck’s cost. “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”

In a phone interview, Annear said the current pumper truck is a 1996 International Darley, which he said has a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. The paid, on-call Fire Department has one pumper, a tanker and a rescue truck.

Annear said the town dug itself into a metaphorical hole when it built its current Fire Station at 5 Factory Road, noting that a pumper truck needs to be customized to no larger than 30 feet long and 10 feet high to fit inside the station. This customization, he said, is a significant factor in the price of the vehicle.

Annear explained he is awaiting the results of his grant application through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program to finance the new pumper truck. If Charlemont does not win a grant, he said, “we’ll have to try to figure out how to fund it, you know, locally.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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