Chief Darren R. Woods announced the arrival of two used fire trucks that will be upgrading the North Lakes Fire & Rescue fleet.

“We have been saving for a few years trying to upgrade our trucks, but we kept having to spend some of that funding keeping the old trucks on the road”.  Chief Woods stated that by looking at used trucks they were able to purchase two trucks instead of just one.

“By purchasing used apparatus, we were able to replace two trucks for the cost of $100,000.  The cost of one new truck can run from 300-500 thousand dollars.  So, while we didn’t buy brand new, we got two trucks that will work well for our area and save the tax payers quite a lot.”

The 2005 Pierce Pumper will replace a 1983 Ford Pumper while the 1997 Freightliner Tanker will replace a 1979 International Tanker.

Purchasing the newer trucks will make it easier to maintain since parts for the older trucks are in some cases coming from junk yards, or not even available.  These trucks will be much easier to keep operating with less maintenance down time, thus keeping our citizens safer.

The North Lakes Fire & Rescue covers the areas of Sinclair, Cross Lake, Square Lake and Madawaska Lake.  More information can be found at the department’s website at www.northlakesfire.org or on their Facebook page.

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