Step inside the fire station in the center of town these days, and you’ll likely see the bright and shiny addition to the fire department’s small fleet of vehicles — a fire engine that, while not brand new, is a new and welcome addition here.

The vehicle, identified as Engine 1 within the department, is a customized 1989 Simon Duplex/Young. Though the town only recently acquired it, Fire Chief Tim Terry said getting the new vehicle has been a lengthy process.

The department had originally applied for a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency a couple of years ago to help secure a new truck, Terry explained, and although the town was in the running for a while it was eventually turned down.

Terry said he was told the town was rejected for consideration on that grant because it had “too much equipment for the number of calls.” While the chief said he disagreed with that assessment, it forced the town to look elsewhere.

After a long search, Terry said the department found a vehicle in Wheatfield, N.Y., a suburb of Niagara Falls. Although not brand new, Terry said the truck is in “really good shape” and only has about 24,000 miles on it.

“It’s a huge step forward for the town of Prospect,” he said. “It’s a well-built, class-A pumper.”

Terry said Engine 1 cost about $41,000, and the department has since added more than $8,000 worth of additional equipment, bringing the total price tag to about $50,000. Terry said the town had been saving money in a reserve account for more than a decade to purchase a new vehicle.

Engine 1 has a 1,000-gallon tank and a 1,500-gallon/minute pump. It features four 1.75-inch attack lines, and one larger 2.5-inch attack line. The vehicle stores 1,000 feet of 4-inch, large-diameter relay hose, as well as six Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus units and 12 tanks for those SCBA units.

It has already seen action at several fire scenes in both Prospect and neighboring Stockton Springs.

The new vehicle brings the department’s total number of vehicles in service to four. A fifth vehicle, a 1990 GMC pumper truck referred to as Engine 3, had corrosion problems with certain components (some of which dated to 1957) and is out of service while it is being refurbished.

When Engine 3 comes back in service, the department plans to sell Engine 4, which dates to 1975.