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.