Town approves aerial equipment

The KVFD Aerial was on display during the annual EMS Week open house in May.

The KVFD Aerial was on display during the annual EMS Week open house in May.

Voters approved Sept. 4 a proposal to fund equipment and repairs to the cab and body of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department aerial.

The $118,420 in “bridge funding” was granted from the Five-Year Capital Reserve to the Fire Department. The used aerial truck was purchased earlier this year.

The work will include stripping the cab and body of the truck to remove rust. New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus Repair cited dissimilar metals on the vehicle, combined with environmental effects and a lack of cleaning that has led to the repair needs.  The truck will also be repainted at the end.

The equipment purchase includes two new self-contained breathing apparatus units, as well as radio equipment, a thermal imaging camera, flashlights and charging area, as well as a diesel “scrubber” that will help protect the air in the firehouse.

The funds will be “encumbered” from the five-year capital plan. The fire department had $125,000 dedicated to an aerial truck for four years in the capital plan, but it did not need the entire $500,000 for the purchase price of the used vehicle. There was $120,000 remaining in the fund that was allocated to the aerial for the 15-16 year and will be used this year.

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