A more than 40-year-old Milo Fire Department ladder truck is in need of replacement. Department officials have been given the formal go-ahead by town officials to start looking for a different vehicle and the $200,000 estimated purchase price will be included in the upcoming budget process.
During a Nov. 14 select board meeting Fire Chief Matt Demers said insurance won’t cover the needed $20,000 repairs on the approximately 42-year-old platform aerial truck. He said the original purchase price was $95,000 and on his own has begun looking around at potential replacement vehicles.
“For no more than $200,000 I think we can get a truck that will serve this community well,” Demers said.
“With the new station coming we’ve discussed it and we’re better off looking for a truck that will fit the new station, not isolate it to the truck that fits this station. That will open the doors a lot more on options,” he said.