October 12 2018,  Saugus

A special day for Saugus

New fire truck on display tomorrow at Fire Department’s Open House; public invited to free fire safety program

 By Mark E. Vogler

READY TO ROLL: Tomorrow’s (Saturday, Oct. 13) Open House at the Saugus Fire Department will feature the unveiling of this new fire truck that will replace a 22-year-old fire engine. The public is invited to a special ceremony set for 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building at 27 Hamilton St. This free event, which is sponsored by Papa Gino’s, commemorates National Fire Prevention Month (October) and is aimed at teaching families fire safety and fire-prevention practices. Papa Gino’s will serve free pizza, and there will be activities for children and chances for grownups to meet their firefighters and ask fire safety questions. (Saugus Advocate photo by Mark E. Vogler)

The Saugus Fire Department gets to celebrate this year’s Open House with the addition of a new fire engine to its fleet.

Town Manager Scott Crabtree has scheduled an unveiling ceremony for the new Pierce 1250 GPM Pumper – a $695,000 investment – which will replace a 22-year-old fire engine.

The new fire engine will be stationed outside the Saugus Fire Department at the Public Safety Building, which is located at 27 Hamilton St. in Saugus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 13) during the Open House. The event, which has been sponsored by Papa Gino’s for 24 years, is aimed at teaching families fire safety and fire-prevention practices.

“The Board of Selectmen, Fire Chief, and I are absolutely thrilled to invite everyone to attend this unveiling for the residents of Saugus to view and enjoy the Town’s brand-new fire engine,” Crabtree said in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

“I encourage children, parents, Town officials, and residents to take a few minutes out of their busy schedules to come to the Fire Department’s Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help us celebrate this exciting new public safety response vehicle that will dramatically benefit the community and its residents for years to come,” the town manager said.

Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting to appropriate $695,000 for the new fire engine. The fire engine–unveiling ceremony is way to publicly acknowledge the local government officials and citizens who supported the public safety initiative, according to Crabtree.


It took 18 months to build

This Pierce 1250 GPM Pumper built on an Enforcer chassis was designed specifically for the Town of Saugus based on the Town’s and Fire Department’s needs and goals, according to Crabtree’s press release. It is fully furnished with all the necessary tools and equipment, including hoses, nozzles, breathing apparatus, a hydrant wrench, a lock removal kit, a voice-amplifying communication system, various extinguishers and much more, the town manager noted. It took about 18 months for the manufacturer to build the fire truck.

“We’ll be introducing the entire community to this new apparatus,” Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury said in an interview Wednesday.

“I think this adds something special to a great event,” the chief said.

The new engine won the support of the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Town Meeting during last year’s budget process as part of an ongoing effort to make continued public safety and capital improvements throughout the community.

“I would like to thank the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, Town Meeting, and residents of Saugus for their continued support of these important community initiatives,” Crabtree said.

The Fire Department’s Open House commemorates National Fire Safety Month and is aimed at teaching families fire safety and fire-prevention practices, such as “stop, drop and roll,” planning escape routes, and crawling safely through a smoke-filled room. Papa Gino’s will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets at the event.

“Having been to each one of these events over the past 20 years, I can tell you it’s a great event from a public safety standpoint,” the chief said.

“Sparky will be there, and there will be balloons and things for the kids. There will be pizza, too,” he said.

“I think the real highlight of the day will be having a group of firefighters who work here on a daily basis interact with the public on a more personable level. Our residents will get to see the firefighters as their neighbors,” the chief said.

For more information about the Saugus Fire Department Open House, call Captain James Hughes or Captain Scott Phelan at 781-941-1170.

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