The Fairhaven Fire Department has formally dedicated and blessed its new state of the art ladder truck with a ceremony at Fire Department headquarters.

The new truck was dedicated to the memory of the late Lt. Earl M. Faunce. Lt. Faunce was a beloved member of the Fairhaven Fire Department. Even after his retirement, he continued to help the department by writing and securing grants for such things as turnout gear and other assorted fire equipment. Approximately 80 people crowded the fire station for the dedication.

Family and friends spoke of Lt. Faunce as a father, friend, co-worker and dedicated firefighter. Wayne Oliveira served as Master of Ceremonies. Deputy Chief Todd Correia welcomed the gathering and spoke on the hard work that went into making one of the finest pieces of firefighting equipment in the area. Pastor Robert Langevin then blessed the truck as it is placed into service.

Other dignitaries included Selectman Robert Espindola, Selectman Daniel Frietas, Union President Ed Freitas, and Senior Firefighter Stephen Almeida.

Fairhaven Fire Dept. Photographer Ed Pepin

A plaque was affixed to the new truck which will bear the name of Lt. Faunce.

Ladder 1 is a 2018 E-One, 110 ft. aerial ladder truck with a built-in waterway capable of flowing 1,500 gallons per minute of water. The unit also contains a full air cascade system to fill breathing air tanks and a 20kW PTO generator. In addition, the truck has two 35-foot, one 28-foot, one 24-foot, one attic, one 20-foot roof, and one 16-foot roof ladders.

Information from the Fairhaven Fire Department