TREMONT — Selectmen this week agreed to forgo the public bidding process for a new fire truck, at the request of the town’s fire chief.
Chief Keith Higgins said putting the request for a new fire truck out to public bid would delay the process. He and members of a Truck Committee have been working since 2012 on finding the right match for the town, he said.
“Our committee has already weeded out other companies and offers,” said Higgins during the meeting.
“We’re saving a serious amount of money,” he told the board about a truck designed by Maine company Howe and Howe out of Waterboro.
“It looks kind of bad-ass, but it’s just the basic truck.”
After installation of lights and horns, the cost of the truck is expected to be $300,000. Selectman Jamie Thurlow said he had looked into the cost of a conventional fire truck and it had a price tag of just under a half million dollars.
“We’re buying a 20-year truck,” said Higgins. The department has tried to use trucks for 25 or 30 years, he said, “but they’re rusting out underneath us.”