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Rockingham Board Approves Purchase of Fire Truck

In Vermont, in what may be related to the current brush fire season in the twin states, the Rockingham Selectboard has approved the purchase of a new fire truck for Saxtons River. The town is an incorporated village within Rockingham and fire chiefs from both towns were present at a special meeting held Tuesday night with the Selectboard. The Eagle Times reports that the Selectboard gave the go-ahead to a motion that suspends the town’s purchasing policy so that the fire department can make a purchase as soon as they find an ideal truck.

The town’s purchasing policy normally requires a request for bids, which might take up to 19 months until a purchase is actually made. Saxtons River is currently in need of a new truck having purchased a new pumper truck back in 2007 and is looking for a new one to fill multiple roles.

Previously, residents had approved the allotment of $500,000 to fund buying new firefighting and emergency equipment. Rockingham is also seeking a new truck, but said that it can wait another year before moving to purchase one.

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