Construction continues on Southborough’s new ladder truck

Above: Southborough’s new Tower 21 waits at a plant in Nebraska (photo courtesy of the Southborough Fire Department)

Many of you have asked about the status of the town’s new aerial ladder truck — a purchase approved by voters at a special town meeting last September.

The truck is being constructed according to the town’s specifications at a plant in Nebraska. Here’s the latest update from the Fire Department website:

The fire pump  has been installed on the chassis, as well as the compartmentalization, torque box and turntable base. Lt. Jim Peltier and Rich Peck traveled to Nebraska on July 5, 2010 to inspect the body prior to painting, which was expected to occur this week. Once the body is painted, assembly of the fire pump piping and panel will occur, along with wiring of emergency lighting, and installation and wiring of the aerial portion.

Fire Chief John Mauro Jr. said he expects the town will take possession of the finished truck sometime this fall.

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