The Edgartown Fire Department rolled out its new mini attack fire apparatus Thursday.
Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer said the truck will help the department access remote areas through brush especially in the event of a wildfire on the Island.
Edgartown voters approved the $115,000 purchase of the vehicle at the 2019 annual town meeting.
The truck, which was built with the help of Bulldog Fire Apparatus, is a Ford F-550 with chassis modifications. The 20,000-pound vehicle can hold 300 gallons of water with a three-cylinder diesel Kubota driven pump on the back. The pump allows them to have an inch and three quarter hand line which is used for fighting structural fires.
“Our hope is that this could be utilized to send into first response to alarm calls instead of sending a three-quarter of a million dollar piece of apparatus down dirt roads,” Schaeffer said.