What Will Happen to the Old Pumper Truck?
Wondering what will happen to the Fire Department's old pumper truck when the quint arrives? You're not the only one.
Every week we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column.
Earlier this week, we received an email from a local resident who was curious about what would become of the Marblehead Fire Department's old pumper once the new $1.2 million quint ladder truck arrives.
They asked: "I enjoyed your recent article on the fire department's new quint. Who are they going to be selling the old pumper truck to? Are they going to scrap it for parts? Thanks!"
According to Fire Chief Jason Gilliland, the department's 1987 Mack Pumper, seen in the photo attached to this post, was part of a package deal for the new quint.
Part of the deal with Pierce Manufacturing, he said, was that the pumper would be sent to Wisconsin when the new truck arrives next year.
The contract, which was for $1,051,904, was signed by Chairwoman Jackie Belf-Becker and should mean that the new ladder truck could arrive as early as January.
The name "quint" means five, and refers to the five functions that a quint provides: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial ladder and ground ladders.
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