Durham selectmen have agreed to spend $530,000 on a new fire truck for the town's volunteer fire company.
The new rescue pumper would replace Durham 3, the fire company's aging pumper truck, according to firefighter Bill Curtis, who presented selectmen with details of the purchase at Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting.
"[With] this truck, everything that we're looking for has a spot," explained Curtis, who said the company's current pumper truck no longer had the space to accomodate all of the equipment that firefighters are required to carry.
The new truck itself will cost the town $442,924. The additional expenses include the cost of equipment and tools needed to outfit the truck.
"What's still good we're going to keep using," he said. "There's no reason to replace some of the things that we have but [equipment] that is due or overdue for upgrades we'd like to upgrade or swap out in the next few years."
Curtis said the company, which also built Durham 2, offered the town $75,000 in trade-in value for its older pump truck. The town will also receive a $15,000 "pre-pay discount" by agreeing to pay 75 percent of the cost of the vehicle up-front.
Money to pay for the truck will come out of the fire company's reserve funds but must be approved by voters. The town has scheduled a town meeting for 8 p.m. on Monday, September 10 at Durham Town Hall.
The proposal was previously approved by the finance board on Aug. 21.
"I think this is great that this is happening. I'm in favor of it," said selectmen Steve Levy, the town's former fire chief.