MONTPELIER — The village of Montpelier has a new fire truck.
Council met in special session Thursday and unanimously approved purchase of the AF1 Rescue Pumper for $479,000. The village will make payments over a 10-year period.
Council was due to meet in regular session Monday, but the special session was necessary because the village was in a competitive situation with other entities that were interested in the pumper, and needed to act quickly, Village Administrator Jason Rockey explained. The fire truck is a demonstration model that was like-new but at a reduced price, Rockey added.
Also, due to lack of agenda items, the Montpelier Village Council will not meet in regular session Monday, June 10, so it was imperative that the village move quickly on the purchase, Rockey said.
The next regularly scheduled village council meeting will be held on Monday, June 24.
“I’m happy we are finally able to do this for the village, for council and for the fire department,” councilperson Cheri Streicher said of the pumper, which is powered by a 450 horsepower Cummins engine and has a 1,045-gallon capacity.
The pumper joins a fire department fleet that includes an aerial ladder, a pumper tanker, and engine tanker, a heavy rescue truck and two grass fire pickup trucks, Chief Dail Fritsch said.
Fritsch told council he hopes to take delivery by the end of the month.