BRATTLEBORO — The firefighters at the Brattleboro Fire Department have been counting their blessings that the weather has been unseasonably warm the past two weeks.

That's because the boiler used to heat Central Station's living quarters has been out of service since the end of October.

"One of the heating plates split and we've tried, unsuccessfully, several repair options to get us through the winter," said Brattleboro Fire Chief Michael Bucossi.

However, the boiler is still not functioning, which means the town will need to purchase a new one.

"Working with several local contractors and the project manager for the station project, we specced a boiler that can be used going forward," said Bucossi.

The town is in the process of renovating the Central Station, said the chief, and he was hoping he could postpone the purchase of a new boiler until a special Town Meeting in February.

"If the project budget does get approved at that Town Meeting," said Buccosi, "this boiler meets the specs."

The new boiler, like the old one, will be an oil-fired steam boiler. However, the new boiler can be converted to hot water, said Bucossi.

Currently, he is heating the living quarters with portable electric heaters.

Payment for the new boiler will come out of the town's emergency funds.

"The boiler has been delivered and installation will begin Saturday," said Bucossi. "We hope to have heat by the middle of the week."


Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.