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New fire truck to arrive April 17

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 from Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton 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 is 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 is April 17.

“This new truck limits the overall cost,” Belisle said. “Replacing the engine now and the rescue in 10 years, while trying to get 30 years out of our trucks, would cost more than just simply replacing them with one truck now.”

The new truck will replace a 31-year-old fire engine and a 20-year-old rescue truck.

“The reason we are combining the two into one is as a fire engine and rescue truck we can respond faster and more effectively, especially during the daytime when we may only have enough to staff one truck out the door, thus getting the needed equipment to say, a car accident,” Belisle said.

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.

The new truck will also increase safety, Belisle said. The current 1982 engine in use only has lap safety belts.

“The new truck will have shoulder and lap belts as well as various safety upgrades as mandated by the National Fire Protection Agency,” Belisle said.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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