ASHLAND – The town’s ladder truck would never fit in Ashland’s 90-year-old Main Street fire station, Fire Chief Keith Robie said.
“This place was built in ’28, when they had horses and wagons,” he said.
The truck barely fits in the comparatively newer Cedar Street station, built in 1988. Its top nearly brushes the ceiling, and its garage door has been modified. Meanwhile, the engine crammed in the old building on Main Street was custom-made for the small space. Its side mirrors are narrower than normal, giving the truck about two inches of clearance on either side as it’s backed in. Drivers have gotten pretty good at this maneuver, Captain Lyn Moraghan said, but scratches in the chrome attest to a miss or two in bad weather.
“Obviously the more modern trucks are bigger,” Moraghan said, adding that the stations easily fit the small, now antique engines of the 1940s, of which Ashland has a pair, not in use. “We have to limit ourselves on the equipment we buy.”….