The new Barrington Fire Department ladder truck arrived in town this week.
Equipped with a 100-foot aerial ladder (25 feet longer than the existing ladder truck), the new engine also has a larger water tank and a series of upgrades designed to keep local firefighters safer on the job.
Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette said the old ladder truck had 18-inch rails on the 75-foot ladder, but the new vehicle offers higher railings.
"You're going to feel pretty safe when you're up there," Chief Bessette said.
"I think they (Barrington firefighters) can do their job better with this apparatus… without question. They can do their job better with this truck. That's why we went out, and Jim backed us on it."
Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha and members of the town council supported the purchase of the new fire truck, which cost taxpayers about $1,096,908.