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  • Salisbury residents to vote on fire truck purchase

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  • A bond resolution will go before voters next month to purchase a new custom chassis pumper and rescue truck for the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department.
    The vote will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the town hall, 126 state Route 29A.
    According to a legal notice, the purchase would not exceed $425,000.
    It would be used to assist in fire fighting responses and other appropriate purposes for the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department.
    The notice also states the truck would meet standards from the International Organization for Standardization and the National Fire Protection Association.
    Fred Carpenter, of the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department’s Board of Directors and a former fire chief, said during a telephone interview Monday the vehicle will replace two trucks: a rescue vehicle and a 20-plus year old fire engine.
    Carpenter said the department had to sell its rescue vehicle because “it really didn’t meet our needs.”
    Carpenter said a problem with the rescue vehicle was that it was too small for the department’s equipment, which includes the JAWS of Life, ropes, air packs and other items. “There’s so much equipment that you need on any type of emergency, you want to be prepared for just about anything,” he said.
    Carpenter also said the new vehicle would allow for more firefighters to ride along inside it, up to six inside the cab, unlike the rescue vehicle.
    The fire department is also looking to replace its oldest engine, which is over 20 years old. “It’s starting to nickel and dime us, in terms of maintenance costs,” said Carpenter.
    The fire department currently has two engines, a tanker and an emergency medical services vehicle as part of its apparatus.
    Carpenter said this purchase would be for the benefit of the taxpayers.
    ”It’s one less piece of equipment to maintain,” he said. “We get the engine we need, plus the rescue vehicle.”
    According to its website, the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department is “staffed with 50 volunteer members operating out of two quarters providing fire suppression and protection, emergency medical services, and specialized rescue skills to the approximately 2,000 citizens and businesses within our 108.2 square miles district.”
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