“The Lakeville Fire Department would like to express its gratitude to the residents of Lakeville who supported our efforts to replace our aging ladder truck.
While we understand that the ladder truck was not the issue that drew the large crowd last night at the town meeting, we appreciate the strong support from our community!
The ladder truck we intend to purchase will be specifically designed to meet the needs of the Town of Lakeville. The truck will sit up to a foot lower than the current truck, allowing us to navigate roads that are currently impassable. The new truck will have a fire pump, it will carry water and it will have hoses for water supply and fire attack. The new truck will have ample storage space for an assortment of rescue equipment. The new truck will likely have a useful life in Lakeville of 30 to 35 years.
More importantly, the new truck will be brand new. The Town of Lakeville has had 4 ladder trucks since 1990; they were on average 25 years old at the time of purchase. We average about 6 years of service before the trucks needed to be replaced. These ladder trucks didn’t break down overnight; they gradually become less and less reliable and too expensive to maintain.
The Fire Department would like to congratulate and thank the Lakeville Capital Expenditure Committee, the Lakeville Finance Committee and the Lakeville Select Board of Directors for their support of our vehicle proposal.
These public servants are charged with serving the greater good of Lakeville and their advocacy is strategic and holistic. They must take into account the needs of the community and prioritize the allocation of resources in a sustainable way. The recommendation to buy a vehicle came after a lot of review and analysis.
The fire department is grateful for the expert assistance of our City Administrator Ari Sky and City Accountant Todd Hassett. They used their know-how to navigate the road from identified need, to CIP proposal, to City Assembly approval. TA Sky and Mr. Hassett helped Chief O’Brien meet the scrutiny of our elected officials. Their support was essential.
Obviously, city government is a team effort. Thanks to our team!” -Lakeville Fire Department.
Lakeville Fire Department photo.