MYSTIC — A heavy-rescue fire truck ordered by the Old Mystic Fire Department is coming together, but as members of the department await delivery, they can share in the excitement — along with the general public — by watching the truck be built.
Old Mystic is currently awaiting delivery of an H-6137 heavy rescue from Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., and both Fire Chief Kenneth W. Richards Jr. and the manufacturer are sharing pictures in hopes of remaining transparent and showing taxpayers what their money is buying and how the new truck is being built.
“What we’ve heard is many people didn’t realize the process that goes into building these products, or what a custom apparatus truly means,” Richards said. “These are built from the ground up, and it’s a great opportunity to see how it works.”
Staff with Ferrari, a Holden, La., business owned by parent company REV Group Specialty Vehicle Manufacturers, began construction on the truck earlier this month. The custom vehicle, which cost approximately $800,000, will include an inferno chassis and extruded aluminum body, according to the manufacturer’s notes.
Richards said the truck will replace an existing truck that has been in use since 2002 and will provide a variety of response features, including a full, multiagency command center in back, an emergency light tower with camera system, and equipment for full HAZMAT, fire, rescue and accident response.
At the current pace, the truck would likely be delivered to the department in either late July or early August, Richards said.
Once completed, Richards said the department plans to host an open house in order to showcase the new truck for members of the public interested in checking it out. That date will be set once the truck is delivered, he said.
“We are excited for the opportunities this will bring to enhance both response and partnerships with surrounding agencies,” Richards said.
To view pictures of the truck coming together, visit the Old Mystic Fire Department’s Facebook page or check it out directly on the Ferrara website at https://www.ferrarafire.com/trucks/6137/.