Shelton to buy new fire apparatus for all 4 volunteer companies

The Board of Aldermen has unanimously approved the purchase of almost $3.5 million in equipment for the Shelton Fire Department.

Four vehicles will be purchased, with one going to each of the city’s four volunteer fire companies.

Fran Jones, Shelton fire chief, said the department is grateful for the new equipment. “We thank the taxpayers of Shelton and the city administration for approving the apparatus purchase,” he said.

Jones said the four new pieces of firefighting equipment will replace six vehicles now in use, some dating back to 1984.

“It will enhance firefighting efforts and safety due to the enclosed cabs, rollover protection and air bags,” among other features, he said.

The four vehicles

Purchased will be two quints at $907,200 each (one for Pine Rock Park and one for White Hills), a rescue pumper at $901,900 (for Echo Hose), and a velocity rescue vehicle at $768,900 (for Huntington).

A quint is an apparatus that includes a 79-foot aerial ladder, pump, water tank, supply hose and portable ground ladders. The quints will be purchased from Kovatch Mobile Equipment Co. of Nesquehoning, Pa.

The rescue pumper and velocity rescue vehicle will be purchased by Pierce Manufacturing Inc. of Appleton, Wisc.

Supported by Board of Fire Commissioners

The purchases were recommended by the Board of Fire Commissioners. The 5-0 vote took place at an aldermanic special meeting June  27 at City Hall.

The Board of Aldermen action authorizes Mayor Mark Lauretti to sign contracts to buy the vehicles. The equipment purchases will be financed through bonding.

The city’s four volunteer companies are:

— Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company No. 1

— Huntington Fire Company No. 3

— Pine Rock Park Fire Company No. 4

— White Hills Fire Company No. 5