The Holyoke Fire Department has received a nearly $900,000 federal grant to cover most of the cost of a serious piece of equipment.
Fire Chief John Pond and Congressman Richard Neal announced on Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security awarded the fire department a grant to purchase new apparatus.
Pond told 22News, the nearly $900,000 will help cover the cost of a brand new aerial ladder truck, used to help rescue people trapped on the upper floors of multi-story buildings.
Pond said a ladder truck could cost anywhere from $1 million to $1.5 million.
“This is huge, we’ve been trying to get a ladder truck for quite some time,” Chief Pond said. “There’s a lot of excitement around this now with the possibility of getting two or maybe three new pieces of apparatus for the city. It’s a huge boost of moral and it’ll definitely help the city in the long run.”
Congressman Neal told 22News, the grant will allow Holyoke to upgrade their large equipment needs and then went on to say, there’s a constant challenge in local government deciding whether to upgrade now or later.
But in the case of the Holyoke Fire Department, a new truck is a necessity to ensure public safety.