By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – Next summer the Westborough Fire Department anticipates receiving the newest vehicle in their fleet – a Seagrave Aerialscope.
The new truck, currently being built in Clintonville, Wisc., will replace a 22-year-old ladder truck that is currently being used, according to Fire Chief Patrick Purcell and Deputy Chief Jason Ferschke. The two traveled to Wisconsin this past summer to help with the design of the new truck, which is being custom built to the department’s specifications.
The Aerialscope, according to the men will carry rescue equipment (Jaws of Life), Technical Rescue Equipment, Salvage and Overhaul Equipment, numerous ladders and specialized equipment.
It will be equipped with a large bucket on the end to help with rescuing people as well as the safety of the firefighters working at elevated locations.
“The truck has a vertical reach of 95’ which extends over the roof of the Fountainhead Apartments (Arrive Westborough),” Ferschke.
Additionally there are currently 16 buildings in town that have four floors or more, he added.
The truck will be built using stainless steel which will help extend its lifetime, the men said.
The cost of the truck, approximately $1.3 million was approved by voters at the March Town Meeting.
“We want to assure residents we take fiduciary responsibilities very seriously,” Purcell said. “We have a responsibility to the taxpayers and to also provide a high level of service to our residents and businesses here in town.”