I read with interest about the available free cash left over as a result of the Proposition 2½ override. Currently the capital plan includes a line item for the purchase of an $800,000 fire truck. At recent select board meetings it has been discussed that our fleet of firetrucks is aging. The truck they hope to purchase will not fit in the West Falmouth fire station. As Town Manager Julian Suso stated recently, “The West Falmouth fire station will not be closed in the near future.”
I would like to suggest that some of that free cash be used to purchase a mini attack pumper.
These vehicles are used in other states quite successfully and have a dual purpose. They can be configured to be a medical unit and also are equipped with water. They can be a first responder to a medical call but also are equipped with water to start firefighting upon arrival. The beauty of this vehicle is that it would fit in the West Falmouth fire station quite nicely and would allow this station, when open, to meet the needs of all residents. Its versatility would allow its use all over our town.
Doug Brown is to be commended as he seems very in tune with the taxpayers of this community who voted for this override for the hiring of firefighters. It would seem wrong, given the staffing crisis and aging vehicles in our fire department, to spend the money on something else.
Amy C. Sellers
Old Dock Road