Fire Department Seeks Proposals for New Vehicle

The Town of Londonderry is accepting proposals to provide a staff vehicle for the Londonderry Fire Department. Proposals must be received by the Town no later than June 29, 2012, at 2 PM.

General requirements for the vehicle include the following:

  • 2013 Ford Expedition
  • 4 wheel drive
  • Autumn red
  • XLT trim
  • Remote vehicle starter
  • 201A Equipment group
  • Trailer towing package
  • Roof rack with cross bars
  • All weather floor mats
  • Front leather seats

Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “Fire Department Staff Vehicle” and addressed to:
Town of Londonderry
Fire and Rescue Department
280 Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH 03053
Attention: Douglas G. Cardwell, Captain

There will be no public opening of the proposals. Proposals cannot be withdrawn for a period of ninety days and the Town reserves the right to refuse any or all proposals and take such action deemed necessary in the best interest of the Town.

Questions can be directed to Douglas G. Cardwell at 603-432-1124 o dcardwell(at)


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  1. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike R.

    Why does the vehicle need roof racks and a remote starter? Doesn’t the town purchase vehicles under the state bid pricing?

  2. +12 Vote -1 Vote +1John

    I am a huge supporter of our Fire Department and our Firefighters! However, with that being said, is this really a must have item, in this tax climate? I voted for additional staff, and will continue to support the expansion of the department. I just can’t support the idea of a new “little” truck when I hear that there are plenty of empty seats in the “big” one we need to fill up with firefighters.

  3. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    I agree with John!

    What is exactly a “Staff Vehicle” ? What staff member will need this car? When I drive by the station there are a couple of white and gold Expeditions now.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jenn

    I agree…what is the purpose of this vehicle? If it’s for the Guys in White, why don’t we give them an economy car that has good gas mileage vs. a gas guzzling, oversized, SUV for one person?

  5. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1GO LFD

    I have no issue’s with the fire dept, the are a good bunch of folks.,
    But with that said, why can’t we make things last a little longer, its
    seems to me someone had fun on Fords website putting together
    a dream truck? Leather Seats?

    When will the town start living within it’s means? I am not complaining about this,, but my 10 year old Toyota just hit the 220,000 mile mark, knowing this is what it is, and times being the times we live in, we take care
    of this truck, do whats needed to keep her running. And THank GOd we got her!

    It seems to me if it isn’t your money you are spending, you got to do it little more careful.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Larry

    Just one more example showing how town management is out of touch fiscally with those of us who are in the position of paying the tab.

    Perhaps we could sway the fire department “staff” to purchase one of the many 1-5 year old SUVs that have been repossessed from Londonderry residents with money trouble if this vehicle is so damn necessary.

    My youngest child graduates tonight from LHS. Our home will be on the market as soon as we can reasonably get the heck out of here. Good luck to those who stay.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Larry, I said the same thing about leaving when my son graduated, but I thought I would go to my new town’s meeting to hear “We need a new Town Hall, Police Station, 2 Fire Stations, and a renovated grade school even with falling enrollment”. And hey, I have already paid ( or are still paying for ) these things, so I am still here. I have to think that it will be a few years before someone proposes another new police station.

  7. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    I understand the SUV stuff! Getting into the Musquash just the size needed for equipment. Who is the staff member that needs this car? I understand leasing and that but is this new car going to match the current rate we are paying today? If that is the case, fine. It looks like it has to many bells and whistles for that compromise.

    The remote starter is a little much. Does the big fire engines start by themselves? If they do. My mistake. If they don’t,that “staff member” can start it themselves.

  8. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1Chris

    Is this for real? Must have leather seats, roof rack, remote starter, XLT trim? I had to read it multiple times. Much like this country we need to get a grip on wants vs needs!!

  9. Vote -1 Vote +1Jenn

    I have a question – this is for a Staff Member, correct? May I ask, would this vehicle be used ONLY for business matters of the Fire Dept? I question because last night on my way home from work quite late, I drove past a “Fire Official Vehicle” parked in the driveway of a home…lights off in the house so the owner was obviously sleeping. Didn’t seem like a “professional/business call” to me..but that’s just my view. (PS – it’s there A LOT, so unless this person is on-call 24/7, I don’t see the purpose of it being at that house).

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Ken, Thanks, I needed a laugh. Don’t you know we are a “rich” community? Have to keep up apperances you know. As a sideline; I happen to visit many Police, Fire departments in NH and MA, and mostly what is said is people cant believe how much money we spend!
    Hey, I don’t make this stuff up.

    Larry, I guess your not part of the 85% who are “content” with things? You, me and everyone else, unless this State and Town wake up!

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Steve, While my comment was meant to be funny, it is also true. The taxpayers have purchased quite a bit over the last 15+ years. We’ll see how long these facilities last and meet our needs.

  11. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    Brian, Since it started on this board, I’ll ask on this board:

    Is the new SUV going to be for your use in your duties?
    How many miles are on your current town vehicle?
    Are there any mechanicle issues with the current vehicle?
    What is in a 201A equipement package?
    How much is the trade in value of the current vehicle?
    Is it being traded, or passed on to another department employee? If so, what will be the official use?

    I understand your reasons for having a town vehicle, and support that, but the article above doesn’t state the need, just the bid process, and the “non public opening of the bids” is not something I, as a tax payer, care to read when it is my money being spent.

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