Bristol Fire Department to get new truck


Bristol Town Council approved spending $264,000 for a 2013 Spartan Metro Star Heavy Rescue truck for the fire department, during its meeting Aug. 28.

The truck is used for extrications, hazardous materials calls, and carries all special equipment.

The new truck will replace a 1986 truck that the fire department initially rented, and subsequently purchased, as a replacement to the heavy truck damaged in a 2011 accident.

Clayton Hardon, 24, a former Bristol volunteer firefighter, pleaded guilty in February to charges stemming from a July 16, 2011 accident involving the fire department special hazards truck. Mr. Hardon took the truck from the Dreadnaught's fire company for a joyride, before crashing it on Woodlawn Avenue. The special hazards vehicle was a total loss. The town received $72,000 from its insurance company, which went back to the fire department.

Mr. Hardon was given a three year suspended sentence, with five years deferred, to run consecutively; ordered 500 hours of community service; and must pay $110,000 in restitution. According a representative from the town's insurance agency, Rhode Island Interlocal Trust, Mr. Hardon has not yet paid any restitution, and is required to pay $20,000 by February 2014, with the remaining balance due over the next seven years.

The town entered into a lease-purchase agreement for the new heavy rescue truck, which stipulates that the town pays $32,032.92 annually, for 10 years, and has a $1 buy-out option at the end of the lease.

The total cost for the truck is $352,000, of which $88,000 is grant funds.



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