Windham seeking grant for new fire vehicle
After getting the Board of Selectmen’s unanimous support Monday night, Fire Chief Thomas McPherson submitted the grant application this week.
Built in 1980, Windham’s current ladder truck has certainly seen better days.
Once used by the Merrimack Fire Department, the vehicle was donated to the Windham Fire Department in 2002 in response to growing public safety concerns in the wake of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
In early August, the town of Windham formed a committee to closely examine the needs of the growing fire department, where they learned of the impending grant opportunity.
McPherson said the combination aerial and pump truck boasts features that aren’t found in the department’s existing fleet.
He added that the town’s changing demographics have led to some challenges while using the current ladder truck in recent years.
The truck purchase request would be null and void should the fire department fail to obtain grant funding. The town expects word on its grant status sometime in December.
“Though we don’t use it all the time, it needs to be ready to go at all times,” Morgan said.
With no pre-piped waterway on board, firefighters are also forced to carry a heavy hose up the ladder.
Fire officials said they’ve spent about $25,000 on repairs to the ladder truck in recent years.
Selectmen said they’re hoping for the best.
“I hope you get the grant,” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia told the fire chief. “But if you don’t, it sounds like quite a predicament.”firstname.lastname@example.org
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