Farmington saves money by building fire truck

Posted: 05/06/13 at 7:55 am EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) -- The town of Farmington has come up with a way to save money in a time of tight municipal budgets.

Instead of buying a new fire truck, firefighters and public works employees built the vehicle themselves.

Chief Terry Bell says many volunteer firefighters have day jobs with the skills required to build a truck from the ground up.

Lt. Tim Hardy tells the Morning Sentinel the truck cost around $95,000 to build. Buying a new truck could cost as much as $135,000.

The new truck replaces 25-year-old vehicle.

The project got under way last fall when the town authorized the fire department to buy the chassis and the body.

Have a story idea or news tip for 7NEWS?

Email:, or call us at 1-800-280-TIPS.