FRYEBURG, Maine — The Fryeburg Fire Department this week took delivery of a 2009 Ferrara Intruder pumper truck to replace a 33-year-old vehicle it has sold.
Communication radios were being installed in the vehicle Wednesday, said Fire Chief Andrew Dufresne, who said the truck will go into service Jan. 22.
The department also has a 1999 International tanker truck.
The $195,000 cost of the recently acquired pumper vehicle is being paid for from the Fire Department Vehicle Reserve Account. Residents consider and approve appropriations to fund that account at annual town meeting each year.
The new Ferrara can pump 1,750 gallons per minute. It holds a 1,050-gallon water tank.
The older truck, a 1986 International, was taken out of service due to a failed water pump. Repairs would have cost $18,000, said Dufresne. “That led us down the path of buying the used 2009 Ferrara,” he said.
Dufresne said the Ferrara has desirable features, including its large water tank. Particularly favorable is the fact that it came from a warm climate, so it has no corrosion that can come when vehicles are driven where road salt is used to combat ice and snow.
The vehicle comes from a rural fire department in Texas via a dealer, Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus of Union Grove, Ala. It was brought to Fryeburg on a flatbed truck because Dufresne didn’t want to rack up any additional mileage on it.
Selectmen voted last month to sell the town’s 1986 tanker truck for $6,000 to a buyer in Lafayette, Ga. Dufresne said the buyer “adamantly refuses to come to Maine in the winter” to pick up the truck, which is being stored in an off-site garage until the new owner can retrieve it.
Dufresne also updated selectmen last week on recent firefighter training efforts, which take place monthly. The most recent training focused on cancer risk awareness and prevention. Firefighters learned about decontamination of themselves and their turn-out gear after fighting a fire.
The chief said combustion of synthetic materials found in newer buildings can expose firefighters to greater health risks. “Continued exposure can lead to firefighters’ increased cancer rate,” he said.
Fryeburg firefighters, who are trained to National Fire Protection Association standards and Maine Bureau of Labor standards, participated in ice- and cold-water rescue training last month, he said.
Dufresne has been the town’s fire chief since September 2016.