Dec 042013

Fire trucks for sale, ready for holiday giftingArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Fire trucks for sale, ready for holiday gifting

If you’re dreaming of getting a fire engine as the perfect holiday gift — a real fire engine, mind you — not a toy, your dreams could come true Tuesday December 10. If you dream a little bigger and you’ve been very good and not at all naughty … you could end up with a whole fire station. ‘Cause Groton is having a fire sale.

A fleet of “mechanically challenged” trucks, including several veteran Fire Department vehicles, are going on the auction block at the Town of Groton’s surplus equipment auction. One is a 1984 Pierce pumper. It’s joined by smaller “forestry” trucks that have seen better days but are still decked out in bright red paint and gold leaf trim.

Along with vehicles from other town departments (some are running, some are labeled junk; all “need work”) and a steam roller are a large number of “some good” bicycles, 10 lots of file cabinets, old computer and office equipment, and other odds and ends from town attics and garages.

Not included in the auction, but heading the list of surplus property is the town’s main fire station, a two story Masonic or Odd Fellow’s Hall that was converted to become a fire station around 1940. A new central fire station is under construction and should be finished next spring … so the town has started the process of unloading the old station by issuing a Request For Proposals for reuse.

A perfect place to store your fire engine collection ... a fire station, also for sale.Art Campbell | The Groton Line

A perfect place to store your fire engine collection … a fire station, also for sale.

The 5,000 square foot brick building sits on a quarter-acre lot down the street from Town Hall. The Station Avenue location is part of the Town Center Overlay District, an area that is a priority development area. The current zoning is public use, so a successful proposal would require a zoning change to business, residential, or another category. The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, January 23, 2014, by 10 a.m.

The auction preview is from 8 a.m. — noon on Tuesday, December 10 at the West Groton Highway Garage on SR 225 in West Groton. The actual bidding will be done in the first floor meeting room in Groton Town Hall at 1 p.m. that same day.

This is the published list of auction items.

Vehicles and other goodies on the Groton auction block

Vehicles and other surplus town goodies on the auction block. (Click the graphic to download a PDF).

Tom Delaney, the manager of the town’s Department of Public Works is the point of contact for people with questions about the process or particular items. He can be reached by email at