Home » News » Public Safety
Deerfield celebrates firefighters' new engine
Deerfield selectmen and firefighters show off the department's newest fire engine, which cost roughly $500,000 and 18 months to build. (BENJAMIN KLEIN PHOTO)
Fire Chief Mark Tibbits said he is ecstatic to get the new engine, which was built by Valley Fire Equipment in Bradford. He said not only will it make the town safer but also help keep insurance costs down.
Approved through a series of warrant articles, the $434,000 engine has been under construction at Valley since May 2012.
"I thought we should make a big deal about this, to show the taxpayers where their money went, because we don't do this every day. The Board of Selectmen wanted to make it clear that the town paid for this, that this is their piece of equipment," said Steve Barry, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
"We weren't planning on testing the water pump until Friday," Tibbits said. "But we couldn't help ourselves."
"It will be a multi-purpose engine. It will do everything and be the first or second engine to respond to incidents," Tibbits said.
"That is important, because we will probably have to get a new tanker in a couple years," Barry said.
Not everyone at the unveiling was as happy as selectmen and firefighters.
"I understand that Deerfield needed it, but at the same time this town is becoming too expensive for many people to live. There needs to be a balance between getting equipment we need and keeping taxes affordable," Alexander said. "But the truck is spiffy."
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Weare police chief on leave amid domestic violence probe - 0
- Traffic backed up a mile in Hampton tractor-trailer accident - 0
- Citizen's Police Academy in Manchester set for Oct. 1 - 0
- Heating unit cause of blaze in Manchester - 0
- Mother of Bedford student hit by car says safety should come first on school grounds - 5
- New Farmington police chief continues to build relationships in the community he’s served for 14 years - 0
- Keene police officer on bicycle struck by car - 0
- Antidote carried by NH first responders a life-saver for heroin overdoses - 0
- In neglect cases, indigent parents may lose legal help - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Pair accused in Hampstead home invasion also face witness tampering charges - 0
- Gunman hits Circle K convenience store in Durham - 0
- Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital; Taliban claims responsibility - 0
- City officials to review proposed 'spice' ban - 0
- Widow of chiropractor killed this summer says fatal shooting was no accident - 0
- Manchester's Delana Curtis is left out in the cold - 0
- Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable - 7
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Brady a realist - 0
- Burning rubber: And public dollars - 0
DWI license revocations
Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine
Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable
Strategery: A war by any other name
Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.?