Somerset’s new fire truck finally arrives
You may have wondered what the blasting siren was all about if you were in the Somerset vicinity around 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 30. It was the celebratory sound of the long-awaited arrival of Somerset Fire/Rescue’s new pumper/rescue truck as it cruised into town.
Fire Chief Travis Belisle and other crew members drove to Appleton to pick up the new truck from Pierce Manufacturing.
A group of Somerset Fire/Rescue crew members, community members, family and friends was at the fire hall waiting for the truck’s anticipated arrival into town. The fire department heightened the celebratory mood by hosting a cookout.
The Somerset Village Board authorized a loan in the amount of $210,000 from First National Community Bank for the purchase of Somerset Fire/Rescue’s new rescue/pumper truck at the board’s Jan. 21 meeting.
The purchase of a new truck was approved last summer by the Village Board. The total cost of the truck is roughly $550,000. The $210,000 is the village’s share (45 percent) of the chassis payment, which was due upon delivery, Fire Chief Travis Belisle said.
The village and the Town of Somerset are splitting the cost of the truck. The town’s portion is 55 percent. The estimated delivery date was April 17, but was delayed.
The new truck will replace a 31-year-old fire engine and a 20-year-old rescue truck.
It will also reduce maintenance costs. One newer vehicle will take the place of two aging vehicles. It will save space in the fire station and push out any needed expansion for a few years, Belisle said.
The fire department hopes to sell the engine and rescue truck to another department rather than trading them in.
A posting on Somerset Fire/Rescue’s webpage (somersetfirerescue.com) said this about the new arrival: “We are very excited to be putting this truck in to service on June 9. This was almost a two-year process and we just brought it home today, May 30 and will be putting equipment on the truck as well as getting ready to train on it. This is very exciting!”