The Marblehead Fire Department should have their new 100-foot heavy-duty aerial quint ladder truck in the early spring, Fire Chief Jason Gilliland said Thursday.
A little over a month ago, Gilliland traveled to Wisconsin to review and approve the final construction plans for the department's new quint ladder truck, which is currently being built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisc.
The estimated delivery date, he said, is March 25.
At a meeting in June, the town's Board of Selectmen unanimously approved awarding the $1,051,904 contract to Pierce.
And while he waits for the department's new state-of-the-art apparatus to arrive, Gilliland said he and other fire officials are busy looking for deals on the equipment that will be attached to it.
As part of the deal with Pierce, the department's 1987 Mack Pumper, seen in one of the photos attached to this post, will be sent to Wisconsin.
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.