CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

Letters to the Editor

February 28, 2013

Support Newton Article 22

Support Newton Article 22

The Newton Fire Department is requesting the support of Article 22. Our intention is to replace our 1984 Ford Tank Truck. This scheduled replacement has been delayed numerous times for unscheduled repairs and refurbishment of other apparatus.

We can no longer delay this replacement. The current truck no longer serves the departments needs safely and is lacking industry standard safety requirements. The current truck is a front mounted pump which is inherently dangerous as it puts the operator in danger of crushing injuries. Front mounted pumps have been phased out of the fire service due to firefighter deaths. There are inadequate cab safety features as there are no proper seat belts for occupants, no supplemental restraint features, such as airbags. Another deficiency is the amount of water the 1984 tanker holds. This truck only holds 1,850 gallons of water. At the time of build, that was the most amount of water that was allowed to be put on that chassis. The new truck will be a double axle which will allow it to carry 3,000 gallons of water.

The town of Newton must bring water on wheels to its fires as we have no pressurized hydrant system.

Fires have changed in the thirty years since this truck was built. We need more water delivered at a faster pace these days. Homes and furnishings are now constructed much different than they were thirty years ago. Lightweight construction and the integration of petro-chemicals in furniture and belongings have nearly doubled the amount of heat generated in today’s fires. Today’s fires are burning quicker, faster and more intense.

Another deficiency is the size of the pump. The pump is rated at 750 gallons per minute. The new truck will be able to pump at a capacity nearly double the flow rate as the current one. The current truck has a standard transmission and has had multiple clutch replacements and is near due another one. The new truck is an automatic which means no manual shifting of the transmission and split rear-end.

Text Only
US Politics
Obituaries
  • Jo Ann Hughes, 79

    Sandown, NH — Jo Ann (Phelps) Hughes of Sandown, New Hampshire passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, surrounded by all of her children at home. She was born in Little Bend Kentucky, to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934. Jo Ann was predeceased by brothers, Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps, Forrest Phelps and sisters, Juanita Phelps, and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent. She is survived by brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters, Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky, and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.

    Continued ...
    The Carriage Towne News Thu, April 10
    6 days
  • Margaret F. (Harrington) Kinney, 107

    Atkinson, NH — Margaret F. (Harrington) Kinney, 107, a resident of Atkinson for eighty-two years, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family.

    Continued ...
    The Carriage Towne News Thu, April 03
    13 days 1 Photo
  • Laura L. Day, 79

    Newton, NH — Laura L. (Hartford) Day, 79, of Newton, NH, died Sunday evening, March 16, at Kindred Hospital, Peabody.

    Continued ...
    The Carriage Towne News Thu, March 27
    20 days
  • Norman Sansoucie, 77

    East Kingston, NH — Norman P. Sansoucie, 77, died on March 3, 2014, at the Clipper Harbor Nursing Home in Portsmouth, NH. He was born on May 29, 1936, in Haverhill, MA, son of William and Albertine (Beauparlant) Sansoucie.

    Continued ...
    The Carriage Towne News Thu, March 20
    27 days
  • John Colby, 76

    Brentwood, NH — John Ellsworth Colby, 76, formerly of Sandown, N.H., and Brownville, Maine, died on February 22, 2014, at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness. Born in Keene, N.H., Mr. Colby was the first son of the late Russell and Edythe Colby of Bradford, Mass. His brother, Dr. David R. Colby of Beaufort, N.C., predeceased him as well. Mr. Colby graduated in 1955 from Haverhill High School and attended Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was a well known home designer and builder, and furniture craftsman, particularly known for his ability to create beautiful curved staircases. He was the founding production manager of both Westville Homes Corporation of Plaistow, N.H., and Xyloid Corporation of Greenville, Pa.,, pioneers in the modular home industry. He was also proprietor of the Westville Getty service station in Plaistow in the 1970s, and co-owner and occasional driver of the “1/5 Schenley Special” stock cars that raced, from 1968 to 1989, at Star in Epping, N.H., Lee, N.H., Hudson, N.H., and Westboro Mass., speedways.

    Continued ...
    The Carriage Towne News Thu, March 13
    34 days

Stocks