A tough decision for the Stratford Fire Department doesn’t mean it’s going to put anyone in danger.

Ten years ago, the city purchased a pumper-truck at a hefty discount which had previously been used as a demo vehicle.

Fire Chief John Paradis says it’s been a costly vehicle to maintain.

Paradis says the city needs to decide if they will sink any more money into repairs.

Right now the pumper is out of service for the next few months.

How long it will be out of service depends on the extent of the repairs needed.

The aerial ladder vehicle and the city’s other engines have pumping capabilities, but not to the capacity a dedicated pumper does.

He says fortunately it won’t impact service, thanks mutual aid agreements with Sebringville and Shakespeare.

Paradis says the city could look at other options such as renting a pumper or buying a new vehicle.