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Vale Fire seeks citizens’ guidance as needs, future costs loom

Turnouts hang at the ready in the Vale Fire Hall in April 2022. Vale Fire Chief Jess Tolman is seeking citizen input on funding improvements and equipment as needs grow. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

The Vale Fire Department is surveying city residents ahead of proposing a plan to modernize the service that’s been in place for nearly 125 years.

Fire Chief Jess Tolman, outlining the needs, said the most significant is to replace the department’s 1985 ladder truck, which he describes as vital equipment to protect Vale.

He wants to add a new exhaust system at the department’s station on Hope Street to better protect firefighters.

He’d also like to add sleeping quarters so firefighters, paid or volunteer, can stay at the station, ready to respond around the clock to alarms . . .