Thomaston firefighters raising money for new truck

Posted March 15, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.

THOMASTON, Maine — An increase in the number of calls for the Fire Department’s rescue boat has led the Thomaston Firemen’s Association to ask for public support.

The association is raising money to purchase a truck to transport the boat and related equipment.

The truck now used to tow the boat is a 1968 Chevy that the town bought new.

The rescue boat was donated to the town and it began being used about a year ago, according to Tony Leo of the Thomaston Firemen’s Association. He said the call volume has grown with neighboring towns seeking assistance for possible rescues along lakes, ponds and rivers.

The truck also can be used to carry equipment to fight forest fires, Leo said.

A series of fundraisers is being planned with a $50,000 goal, he said. The first is a dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the fire station. More dinners will be held on the first Saturdays of the month at the station.

People who want to help can send donations to the Thomaston Firemen’s Association, P.O. Box 299, Thomaston, ME 04861.

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