Recent Capital Investments in Fire Department

Over the past 4 years the Town has approved $2,763,639 in capital (vehicles and equipment) for the Fire Department.

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Fire Department Request

Status


Amount

FY 2024
Replace Engine 1
Replace Staff Vehicle F-5429
Purchase Rescue Equipment

Pending/New
Pending/New
Pending/Prior Year

$840,000
$80,000
$375,00



FY 2023
Purchase self-contained breathing apparatus
Firefighting Foam-Disposal and Replacement
Purchase Portable radios
Replace Ambulance 3
Replace Utility Vehicle
Purchase Utility Terrain Vehicle
Active Shooter Response training and gear
Purchase Advanced Life Support Equipment
Purchase Rescue Equipment

Approved
Approved

Approved
Approved
Approved
Approved

Approved
Approved

Deferred

$105,000
$110,000
$94,945
$370,000
$75,000
$50,000
$75,000
$60,000
$325,000




FY 2022
Purchase Advanced Life Support Equipment
Purchase self-contained breathing apparatus
Replace Engine #4
Purchase Rescue equipment


Approved
Approved
Approved
Deferred




$50,000
$101,160
$705,000
$300,000
FY 2021
Purchase Advanced Life Support equipment
Purchase self-contained breathing apparatus


Approved
Deferred


$100,000
$101,160
FY 2020
Purchase self-contained breathing apparatus
Replace Engine #7
Purchase New Ambulance

Approved
Approved
Approved

$92,534
$450,000
$325,000



Total


$2,763,639

Notably, only one request (Rescue Equipment) is pending from a prior year and that request is part of the FY24 capital planning process. 

The Fire Department has a well-articulated 10-year capital improvement plan that is provided to the Capital Program Committee each year.  The plan identifies vehicles and equipment that are expected to need replacement and it is updated each year to reflect any new information about the vehicles’ condition.   That planning document, provided by the Fire Chief,  helps ensure the department has new equipment as older equipment becomes obsolete.  

In addition to the $2,763,639 invested over the past 4 years, an additional $1,295,000 is in the Fire Department capital plan for FY24.  The total investment over the 5 year period will likely be in excess of $4,000,000. 

In addition to the above-demonstrated commitment to ensuring our firefighters are properly equipped, the Town expeditiously funded $161,668 in FY22 for turn-out gear for the department when PFAS concerns were identified.  Turn-out gear is a mandatory subject of bargaining per Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law that could have been held until the final contract was negotiated however the Town felt that seeking out PFAS-free turn-out gear should be a priority for firefighter safety. 

Finally, in November, 2019, the Town completed construction of a state-of-the-art fire station.  The 22,000 SF facility houses apparatus bays, dispatch and communications, offices, and dormitory space for on-duty firefighters and was constructed at a cost of $18,700,000.