The Stoneham Fire Department has purchased a used pumper to be used as a reserve engine. The 2002 pumper that was manufactured by Pierce on a Saber chassis was recently removed from front line service in Cambridge and was available to purchase at just the right time. Engine 4’s 1989 E-One pumper had suffered several major mechanical failures that forced it to be permanently removed from service. The cost of repairs would have exceeded the value of the 30 year old engine. Emergency funds were approved to purchase this pumper from Cambridge due to the need to replace Engine 4 as soon as possible. Engine 4, Stoneham’s only reserve engine, was utilized frequently to run in place of a front line piece of apparatus when it was out of service for maintenance, for details requiring an engine company, and back-filled during fires and other events.
In addition to being 13 years newer, the Cambridge engine is in excellent condition and was thoroughly looked over by both the department’s Firefighter-Mechanic and the town’s Master Mechanic. They were impressed with the condition of the truck and how well maintained it was. The engine, designated as Stoneham Engine 5, is equipped with a 1250 GPM pump and 500 gallon water tank and is ready to respond to any emergency when needed. Chief Matthew Grafton would like to extend his sincere apprecation to the Cambridge Fire Department in helping Stoneham acquire this much needed engine.