N.S. Fire Service adds new rescue to emergency fleet

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Chief David Chartier, left, takes delivery of the new truck from Mark Hooper of Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield Fire and Rescue Service has announced the delivery of a new rescue truck this month, a 2022 Ford F-550 4 X 4 Life Line Superliner, purchased from Specialty Vehicles, Inc. in Plainville, Mass.

The vehicle will reportedly replace a 2006 rescue truck that has been serving as the department’s spare for the past several years. The new “Rescue 1,” will be housed at the St. Paul Street fire station and the department’s 2015 F-550 will now serve as reserve Rescue 3.

Chief David Chartier noted that with the new addition, the town’s rescue fleet now includes two frontline vehicles and one spare rescue, and the fire fleet has two frontline engines and one spare.

The rescue was purchased through funds from third party rescue billing generated by EMS responses at basically no cost to the town, Chartier noted.

“This latest purchase puts the departments fleet in a great place,” Chartier said. “We now have all new, state-of-the-art, reliable apparatus.” 

He noted that the purchase also puts the department on track with the proposed apparatus replacement program.

The chief said he anticipates the truck being put in service within the next week or two.

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