Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 9, 2012
“Integrity” delivered to Brooklin Fire Department
“Integrity,” a spanking new fire truck was delivered on Saturday, August 4, to the Brooklin Fire Department. “It’s our first-out pumper,” said Fire Chief Sam Friend.
by Anne Berleant
“Integrity,” the new pumper fire truck rolled into the fire station on Saturday morning, August 4, and Brooklin volunteer firefighters gave it a thorough vetting.
“It’s got an air horn—that’s all that matters to me,” Fire Chief Sam Friend joked.
“Looks good,” said firefighter Jerry Gray.
The brand-new Pierce-built truck came from Sarasota, Fla. by way of Minute Man Fire Rescue in Massachusetts, where it stopped for lettering.
“It rides like a Cadillac,” said Raymond Smith, the main salesman for Pierce, who drove it for 160 miles of its trip to Brooklin.
“Integrity” is Engine #2, replacing the 1983 “Vigilant,” which will go up for sale, said Friend. A fire department that doesn’t “have as much income” is a possible buyer, said Friend.
The new truck cost $248,000, and its purchase was approved by vote at the 2011 annual town meeting. The final payment was made this year.
“It’s our first-out pumper,” Friend said.
The last vehicle purchased by the department was the fire rescue vehicle in 2009.
The fire department is a “four-truck operation” run by 20 volunteers, “depending on the call,” the fire chief said.
How did the new truck get its name?
“We threw a bunch around and this was the one we liked best,” Friend said.
Past fire truck names include “Huey,” named after Brooklin firefighter Chris “Huey” Gray, who died of leukemia, and “Glad Tidings,” named by the White family.
One thing left to be done is rust proofing underneath the fire truck, which will get done locally, Smith said.
“I don’t care if I have to go under and spray it myself,” he added.