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Londonderry

September 6, 2012

Londonderry Fire Department scrambles for funding

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“The station was built in the 1970s and it’s under constant repair,” fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie said. “We do not have adequate space.”

The fire department has a fleet of 21 vehicles housed in three different stations.

In addition to the need for renovations, new vehicles are also on the list for the fire department.

Usually, a new fire engine is replaced after about 12 years of service. However, one of the current fire engines is more than 20 years old.

Department officials also are looking to purchase an additional ambulance, defribulators and other equipment.

Currently, the fire department is in the process of meeting with the town’s finance department in order to lease new fire engines and ambulances.

“Nothing is a safety hazard right now, but it is costing more to repair vehicles than it would be buy new ones,” Battalion Chief Douglas Cardwell said.

Cardwell hopes said he hopes to present a revised budget for the fire department by the end of the month. The results from this year’s SAFER grant applications will be announced in October.

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