At a special town meeting Jan. 21 Liberty residents agreed to put down $45,000 for a new fire truck to replace the town’s aging front-line pumper. The warrant item included $41,000 for the truck and another $3,000 to transport it from its current location in Wisconsin.

According to Fire Chief William Gillespie, the old truck, a 1988 FMC, had failed several recent pump inspections. The manufacturer no longer produces fire trucks and replacement parts, unavailable to purchase, would have had to be manufactured, which Gillespie said would be expensive.

The new truck, a 1988 General Safety with a 50-foot Telesquirt ladder, was available and the price was right. A mechanic inspected the vehicle and found it to be in good working order.

Gillespie said he expected two firefighters would fly to Wisconsin to drive the truck back, and that it would probably be ready for use in the next couple weeks. A long drive, but Gillespie seemed unfazed by the prospect of driving a fire truck across the country.

“It’s only halfway across the country,” he said.