Farmington saves money by building its own fire truck

11:43 AM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - The town of Farmington has come up with a way to save money in a time of tight municipal budgets.

Instead of buying a new fire truck, firefighters and public works employees built the vehicle themselves.

Chief Terry Bell says many volunteer firefighters have day jobs with the skills required to build a truck from the ground up.

Lt. Tim Hardy tells the Morning Sentinel the truck cost around $95,000 to build. Buying a new truck could cost as much as $135,000.

The new truck replaces 25-year-old vehicle.

The project got under way last fall when the town authorized the fire department to buy the chassis and the body.

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