WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull announced the town intends on purchasing a new fire engine after its “Squad One” pumper was taken out of service due to significant rot to its frame.
“Initial efforts to pursue the purchase of a new fire pumper through a state purchasing consortium were halted when it became clear that in order to use trade-ins to offset the cost of the vehicle purchase, the specifications prepared by the consortium needed to include acceptance of trade-ins,” explained Hull to the Board in a memo he read. “The Town has identified a consortium, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGACBuy) which has bid fire apparatus and included in their specifications that trade-ins are accepted.”
The Town is currently seeking to join the consortium, of which numerous Massachusetts municipalities already belong, in order to purchase a fire pumper to replace the 2002 Pierce fire pumper that has been permanently sidelined. The vehicle was included in the Capital Improvement Plan for replacement in Fiscal 2020.
“The current plan is to meet with the Finance Committee on December 18th to seek a transfer of funds from their reserve account,” continued Hull. “The price of the new fire pumper after trade-in is expected to be just under $600,000, which is the amount in the reserve account.”
With Finance Committee approval, a contract will be entered into with a Hopkinton vendor who sells and services the model that is on the HGAGBuy bid list.
The vendor is expected to provide a loaner fire pumper during the 8 to 10 months required to build the truck.
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