Federal grant funds new tanker truck for Onset Fire Department

By Matthew Bernat | Jul 31, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat From left: Onset Fire Department Captains Jeff Dias, Howard Andersen and Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin stand behind the department's current tanker truck. A federal grant will be used to replace it with a new one.

The Onset Fire Department has been awarded $271,000 to purchase a new tanker truck through a federal grant program.

“We’re glad we were able to secure funding for the grant,” said Captain Howard Andersen who helped write the grant proposal alongside Captain Jeff Dias. “The taxpayers will benefit, but they won’t have to pay for most of it.”

While most of the funds for the new truck are coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency the Onset Fire Department contributed $13,000.

The new truck will go into service in early 2018, replacing the current 1983 AM General the department currently uses to battle brush fires and provide additional support where water is not readily available.

“Often, the first five minutes will determine how the next five hours go at an incident,” said Onset Fire Chief Ray Goodwin. “This new truck will expand our response capabilities.”

The current truck was purchased in 2006 as part of a federal government excess property program. Originally a military vehicle, it was repurposed for the fire department. While the current one holds 1,200 gallons of water and can pump out 350 gallons per minute the new one will hold 1,800 gallons and pump out 1,250 gallons of water per minute, said Goodwin.

“For our purposes, it’s a more useful, safer piece of equipment,” said Goodwin.

He noted that the tanker truck has four-wheel drive and is used during snowstorms to get around town.

In addition to Andersen and Dias, Goodwin credited U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey and U.S. Representative Bill Keating for assisting with the grant.

Comments (21)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 31, 2017 14:53

Chili must be some good, Looks like a grant for bigger fire suits will be next on the list. The taxpayers are not benefitting one bit by the spending and waste of having 2 districts.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 31, 2017 15:13


Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 31, 2017 17:01

While I'm very thankful to live in an area that spares virtually no expense when it comes to getting the best equipment and apparatus for the department, I've gotta laugh when people say it's paid for by a grant.

You still pay for it. So the money isn't coming out of your left pocket, it's coming out of the right.. And if it's not coming out of your front pockets you can bet it will be coming from the back.

FEMA isn't run solely from donations and the kindness of strangers, they take a dip into the pockets of every taxpayer in America.

Ok, back to the lewd and personal comments..

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Jul 31, 2017 20:04

Happy to oblige.  Are any grant monies available for exercise equipment?  Y'know, just to maintain peak physical condition.

Posted by: greycat | Jul 31, 2017 22:25

One Wareham, one department.  The world awaits your workable plan.  When you have it, publish it!  Stop wasting your time whining!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 01, 2017 08:13

No whining here .. Just time to get with the times . Time  for the "Whackers" to retire their flashing lights , I know I know it stinks you  won't be able to race around  town  , but it's not 1850 anymore .

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Aug 01, 2017 10:43

To which district does the unmarked white 4x4 pickup with the red lights flashing blowing by cars and going into oncoming traffic with no apparent emergency in site belong too? I see this truck often driving crazily with red strobe lights flashing.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2017 13:03

I always send praise to all of our Wareham Emergency staff and I don't get into the duplicate fire department talk.  I am this way because I know that I am in good hands if my house is burning, my boat is sinking, or something else unfortunate is happening to me or my family.  Wareham (and Onset) have outstanding emergency services! Thanks to all!


I must make a comment. Sorry if I offend.  I will write it in a way that is as kind as possible. Sphere mentioned it and I need to add.


Here goes: When I built my house in Wareham, the building inspector at the time taught me about egress.  I was informed that every bedroom needs at least one egress window measuring at least 20 x 24 inches when open.  The purpose is to allow a fireman to fit through the window in order to enter and rescue.  See where I'm going with this? Based on what I see in that picture they either need to expand the egress requirements or make some fitness requirements. Got to raise the bridge or lower the water.  I know it's a touchy issue but it's also a simple fact. Sorry to make this comment.  But many are thinking it so please don't shoot me for pointing it out.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 01, 2017 16:34

I am not knocking the departments in anyway , just time to combine both. I have seen that white  truck ... The driver is gonna kill someone

Posted by: cranky pants | Aug 01, 2017 16:46

Clearly it doesn't surprise you to see civil servants acting above the law ?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 01, 2017 16:55

Is the white truck a department vehicle with blue plates?  Some call fire fighters in their personal vehicles are a bit gungho and that light bar makes them feel like superheroes.  Just saying...

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 01, 2017 18:21

The White truck is a private vehicle . Cranky I'll tell you a story I have a small plowing business a few years back when I was employed by a large Merrimac Valley Police Dept. I needed to go to the registry to register a truck I told my Capt what I was doing he looked at me said " there's no need to register that truck you're one of us now and should you get stopped tell them who you are" I went straight to the registry and registered the truck....

Posted by: totellthetruth | Aug 01, 2017 21:37


Posted by: Spherebreaker | Aug 02, 2017 07:30

I couldn't see the plates on truck, usually trying to get out its way. I did see it parked at the ambulance building along side the flat bed ambulance that never moves. Do we have obese people in Town so big that they need a flat bed truck ambulance? A equipment trailer could be borrowed from Municipal maintenance if the need arises and be far more cost effective. They can pickup while the hole in the wall is being cut. 

Posted by: tesnobeach | Aug 02, 2017 15:00

Silence is the best response to a fool !!!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 02, 2017 16:07

I know they give grants for exercise equipment ...... Thank God I am retired and enjoying food and not having someone question my weight and my ability to do my job

Posted by: Garry B. | Aug 02, 2017 23:26

Well seeing as I am in the "husky" catagory I'll say something.  All three of these officers are great firefighters and if you've ever seen them around they are usually the first one through the door of any incident. Unfortunately, not all of us stay as the sports car we once were but now we're built more for comfort!;).  I guess what I'm saying is if you're going to call any of us fat please man up and at least don't do it behind a screen name.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 03, 2017 15:23

Great comment Gary ,  When I got on I was a buck sixty . Now well we won't go there , but if needed I could still answer the bell . Now that I got you here ya may wanna send a kid down the neck on Sunday with a ticket book and a radio . Tickets for the illegally parked cars and cars with no stickers , the radio to call the PD for that fool who drinks warm wine out of a Box

Posted by: Jaime Rebhan | Aug 03, 2017 15:24

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everybody here that we are all neighbors. The discourse on this site has become really sad as of late.


We're all neighbors. The people who comment here, the people who read here, and the people who work here. I'd like to challenge everybody to be a little kinder to each other. There's really no need for any of this nonsense.


Please, think before you type. Here and everywhere else.


As always, everybody has a standing invitation to grab a cup of coffee with me and chat about anything having to do with WW/WarehamVillageSoup. Give me a call or send me an email (774-992-4660, jaime@beaverdampartners.com).



Jaime Rebhan

(Former editor of Wareham Week, current wearer-of-many-hats at Beaver Dam Partners, the Wareham company that owns Wareham Week)

Posted by: Garry B. | Aug 03, 2017 17:28

Will do Swift, I got the email.  I'll make sure they are there a little heavier this weekend.  I know they are enforcing because we're seeing the citations for the area but it seems that more visibility towards the evening will help.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 03, 2017 17:48

Thank you Sir , and. thank you for the great work ....

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