Leicester Fire & EMS Department
By CHUCK LOWE, Correspondent | August 31, 2021 | MASSACHUSETTS
Story No. 083121103
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 1 - 1986 Hahn/Ranger 1250-GPM pump with 750 tank.
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 2 - 2008 Spartan/Rosenbauer 1250-GPM pump with 750 tank and 30 foam.
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 3 - 2013 Spartan Advantage/Toyne 2000-GPM pump w/1000 tank and 25 foam.
Photo by Chuck LoweEngine 4 - 1999 Freightliner FL70/Central States 1250-GPM pump with 750 tank and 40 foam.
Photo by Chuck LoweTower 53 - 2006 Spartan Gladiator Advantage/Allain 95' Aerialscope. Former Lower Providence Twp., PA acquired in 2017.
Photo by Chuck LoweRescue 1 - 2003 Freightliner/Central States.
Photo by Chuck LoweForestry 1 - 2008 Ford F-350 4x4 250-GPM pump with 225 tank and 8 class A foam.
The Town of Leicester is located just west of Worcester and shares a border with that city. It was originally settled by the Nipmuc people and was known by them as "Towtaid". Nine proprietors engaged in land speculation purchased the eight-square-mile town in 1686 for just 15 pounds. It was not until 27 years later that the state allowed the town to be incorporated. The terms set forth by the Commonwealth, at the time, included a provision that 50 families would live here. The most recent census data shows that Leicester has now grown to around 4,000 households.
Fire & EMS services to the town are provided by a combination department operating out of three locations. The headquarters building at 3 Paxton St. opened in 2017. This station houses most of the department’s apparatus, administrative offices and living quarters. The two outlying houses, located in Cherry Valley & Rochdale, each have a structural engine and a brush truck. In total there are four engines, three brush trucks, two rescues, a tower ladder and three ambulances in the fleet.
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.