KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- The Select Board voted Monday to buy a new fire truck which will replace two trucks in the Bennington Fire Department’s fleet.

"This truck will give us al the basic equipment we need to start at any incident no matter what it is," said Bennington Fire Chief Steve Crawford.

The truck is a "rescue/pumper" to be built by Toyne, an Iowa-based company. It will replace engine 936 and equipment truck 938. Crawford said the truck has the ability to do the work of the trucks it is replacing and will be able to handle car crashes where there is fire on its own. The bid was for $594,376.

Town Manager Stuart Hurd said the board does not have to budget for the financing this year. The town can start making payments one year after it receives the truck, which taking a year to be built would mean payments starting in 2015. Hurd said he would have financing options for review by the end of Tuesday.

Crawford said the Toyne bid was about $35,000 higher than the bid put in by New England Fire, but the Toyne truck fits the department’s specifications more closely, and the Toyne truck uses a stainless steel tank cradle as opposed to a galvanized steel one. The stainless steel will last longer and be easier to re-sell when it comes time to replace the truck.

Toyne’s sales center is also closer, being in Clifton Park, N.Y., Crawford said. Trucks typically come with a five year warranty.


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He told the board the department will not be losing any fire or rescue ability, and the Toyne vehicle also has more space for equipment.

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