Hudson Select Board approves funding for pumper equipment

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Hudson’s fire station headquarters sit at 296 Cox Street. (Photo/Laura Hayes)
The Hudson Fire Department headquarters located on Cox Street. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

HUDSON – The Hudson Fire Department may soon get new equipment for its pumper. 

The Hudson Select Board unanimously voted on Dec. 19 to spend $53,448.90 to purchase the Pierce Enforcer 1500 GMP Pumper equipment

“Anything that can help firefighters perform their duties in a better fashion is nothing but beneficial,” said Select Board Chair Scott Duplisea. 

Fire Chief Bryan Johannes called the purchase of the new equipment necessary.

According to Johannes, the town appropriated $750,000 in American Rescue Plant Act funds to purchase equipment for the new engine, which includes a new pumper at $656,000; hoses, nozzles and tools that will cost $54,000 and mobile radios that will cost $20,000. 

Johannes said the new engine will be able to carry 750 gallons of water. 

“It will allow the firefighters to make the initial attack on a fire until we can establish a water supply from a hydrant source,” he said. 

According to Johannes, the engine will not be delivered until August 2024. 

“I will have everything in place in order to put it in service very quickly after it arrives,” he said. 

During the meeting, the board also approved about $15,000 in funding from the Fire Safety Equipment Grant Program, which will be used to purchase protective gear, firefighting equipment and fitness equipment. 

Hudson Fire Department was one of several local fire departments to receive grant funding. 

Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 121 different types of eligible equipment, including ballistic protective clothing, thermal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.

“This allows me to have an extra sum of money in my budget to make these purchases. It’s kind of a fulfilling wish list, but it’s not really a wish list because it’s items that are needed,” he said.

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