Shelton to add two fire trucks to fleet

Huntington Fire Company No. 3 hosts its first ever fire prevention event in Shelton, Conn., on Saturday October 9, 2021. A variety of activities were available for kids to take part in. Kids learned valuable fire safety tips from department firefighters, got a close up view of life-saving equipment and face paintings to name just a few.

Huntington Fire Company No. 3 hosts its first ever fire prevention event in Shelton, Conn., on Saturday October 9, 2021. A variety of activities were available for kids to take part in. Kids learned valuable fire safety tips from department firefighters, got a close up view of life-saving equipment and face paintings to name just a few.

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SHELTON — The fire department will be adding two trucks to its fleet.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Thursday, approved an agreement to purchase the two pumper trucks from Seagrave Fire Apparatus. The aldermen did not yet approve the financial allocation, which will be $1.8 million.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said that the money can be allocated later considering the time needed for the trucks to be completed and sent to the city.

Fire Chief Francis T. Jones III said the delivery date within the contract is 620 days from the pre-construction and engineering meeting to be held in mid-August.

“The length of time for a delivery of a new apparatus has increased due to the ongoing delays caused by the supply chain,” Jones said. “Pre-pandemic it would have been around 360 to 400 days from signed contract.”

The two new pumpers will be replacing two out of the four pumpers purchased in 2004 for each district. Those pumpers are 18 years old, Jones said.

“This purchase is consistent with our capital replacement plan for these pumpers,” Jones said.

In addition, Jones said Reserve Engine #24, which is 32 years old, will be placed into retirement, and one of the pumpers being replaced will become a reserve engine.

“This type of rotation of apparatus as well as our dedicated fire department maintenance division and the overall attention and care that our volunteer firefighters provide have been beneficial in providing longevity to our apparatus,” Jones said.

Jones praised Lauretti, the Board of Aldermen and the community for “their continued support in providing the best equipment and tools to keep our membership safe and well prepared.”

In other business, the aldermen approved the purchase of three passenger vans for the Shelton Student Transportation Service. The buses will cost $128,238.

The aldermen also approved $53,682 in purchases for the school system. The money will cover new cafeteria tables for Shelton Intermediate School ($47,000), steam pipe replacement parts for Elizabeth Shelton School ($3,000) and ceiling tiles needed as part of the high school workshop renovation ($3,000).

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