Marblehead Fire Chief Jason Gilliland was pleased to report Wednesday that the department's new $1.2 million 100-foot aerial quint ladder truck is nearly complete and is expected to arrive in town next month.
On March 4, Gilliland will make one last trip to the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wisc., to inspect the department's new apparatus.
"We have to crawl in and under every part of that truck for a final inspection," Gilliland said. "Then we will hire a driver to bring it here."
Gilliland said he expects the new ladder truck will drive through the front doors of the Marblehead fire station sometime in mid-March - and the department's old 1987 Mack Pumper will be sent right out the back door.
At a meeting in June, the town's Board of Selectmen unanimously approved awarding the $1,051,904 contract to Pierce.
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.