OWLS HEAD — Owls Head Fire Chief, Frank Ross, and other firefighters waited patiently for their new truck to arrive.

The truck was delivered Saturday afternoon, Nov. 27 from Island Falls, after being built at Metalfab Fire Trucks in New Brunswick, Canada. Shortly after 1 p.m. a firefighter waiting in the parking lot of the fire station announced he could hear the vehicle as it rumbled down North Shore Drive.

The wait had been long for the crew and town. The department’s last tanker/pumper was destroyed on Oct. 17, 2019, when a St. George fire truck’s brakes locked and the rear driver’s side corner of the truck struck the front driver’s side corner of the Owls Head truck, while responding to a fire on the Clark Island Road in St. George. The St. George truck went off the road and partially into ditch while the Owls Head truck went off the road and rolled onto its passenger side.

Ross said Owls Head has had to rely on mutual aid since the town’s 1990 pumper truck was destroyed. Communities as far away as Warren have assisted the community.

Insurance paid the $300,000 for Owls Head to get the 2020 Freightliner tanker/pumper from K&T Fire Equipment. The truck can hold 3,000 gallons of water, with a pump able to deliver 1,500 gallons a minute. Ross said the new truck is more advanced than the prior one with “power everything.”

The last new truck that Owls Head acquired was in 2007.

Owls Head has 26 firefighters. Ross has been with the department since 1975 and its chief since 1979.

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts

Photo by Stephen Betts