Grant helps Mason Fire Department add new vehicle

  • Mason Fire Department —STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FONDA

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/17/2022 11:41:35 AM
Modified: 8/17/2022 11:38:08 AM

Mason Fire Department will be adding a command vehicle intended to improve the efficiency of emergency calls.

In July, the state Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) awarded Mason a $50,000 grant to fund for a new 2022 Ford Expedition to assist on medical calls. 

In February, Mason selectmen voted to approve $20,000 from the town’s vehicle capital expenditure account to help fund the new command vehicle, bringing the total investment to $70,266.75 after the state grant is included. This means Mason taxpayers will not be required to pay additional costs for the new vehicle. 

The new addition to the Mason Fire Department is part of the town’s master plan to improve the town’s infrastructure and increase safety while keeping necessary costs to a minimum.

Currently, Mason has no ambulances, and instead has a contract with Brookline Ambulance Service to provide ambulances and help assist Mason’s first-responders during emergencies. Volunteer first-responders in Mason have to use their own vehicles, often lacking the necessary equipment to handle medical calls. 

Mason Fire Chief Anthony Burns said the new vehicle will be essential to the community, because it can transport multiple first-responders and equipment to a medical call.

“We are very excited to be awarded this grant. I applaud the Board of Selectmen, the team who worked to put this information together to get it submitted. This vehicle will be a vital tool moving forward to assist in medical first response as well as to running command effectively and safely,” said Burns.

The new vehicle is at the McGovern Ford Dealership in Lowell, Mass. for final inspection before arriving in Mason. Burns said he’s hoping to get the new emergency vehicle as soon as possible once the final touches are done.

“We hope to have it in September, but more likely in October due to supply-chain issues,” he said.


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