By Tim Kowols
The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department hopes to get the same lifespan out of its proposed new pumper truck as it has on its other vehicles. The department’s firefighters recently asked its board of directors for over $500,000 to replace one of its pumper trucks and the body on its tanker truck. The cost would be shared among the three communities and the department’s truck replacement fund. While departments in bigger communities typically replace their vehicles every 15 to 20 years, BUG Fire Department’s last three pumper trucks lasted close to four decades. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says it tries to take good care of the equipment as he knows their prices are always moving up.
The town boards in Brussels, Union, and Gardner will make their decisions on making the purchases at their upcoming meetings in November.