SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood was all smiles Thursday as he talked about the newest addition to the department’s family.

That addition was a 2015 E1 Typhoon, medium cab, Class A pumper truck. Calderwood rolled it out of the station to discuss the benefits of the truck that took nearly nine years to come to fruition.

The truck can be used for a variety of emergency responses, he said. In addition to being used to battle fires, the truck will carry equipment to take to car crashes and for water rescues. The vehicle can carry up to six firefighters equipped with all their gear.

Calderwood said the new truck is designed to be able to better maneuver the narrow, winding roads of the town. The ladders are contained inside the truck and not hanging outside, he pointed out.

“I’m very happy. This is a long time coming,” the chief said.

The vehicle cost $350,000. The town set aside money for the truck over the years, and in 2013, the department proposed the purchase of a truck but voters rejected the $450,000 expenditure. The chief and other members of the department went to work to bring down the costs and their efforts were rewarded in March 2014 when voters approved the purchase at the $350,000 figure.

Even with that approval, the ordering of the truck was delayed until the town had all its funding in place. The town had planned on using $10,000 from the former firefighters association but that money has disappeared and is part of a civil lawsuit by the town against two former firefighters.

The new truck should be in use by the end of the month once the crew receives training on it and equipment is transferred from the older vehicle.

The new truck will replace a 1989 truck. Bids were open Thursday afternoon for the sale of the truck. Three bids were received with William Oliver submitting the top offer at $6,000. Selectmen will consider that offer at its July 21 meeting.