Long-awaited fire truck cruises into town
By ASHLEY LUTHERN
The newest member of the township’s fire department arrived with a 750-gallon belly and a fresh coat of red paint.
About a month ago, a new fire truck joined the department’s fleet, which now totals eight fire trucks, two Jeeps and five support vehicles.
“It’s been a long time coming. We replaced a ’78 (model) with our first truck we bought last year, and this year we replaced a 1981 ladder truck with this pumper,” said Fire Chief Andrew Frost, Jr.
The pumper truck holds 750 gallons of water and will be kept at the Mahoning Avenue Station.
“What’s really good is the room for firefighters to be in the cab of the truck. Our trucks are as bare bones as can be,” Frost said. “We pride ourselves on moving our equipment from one (truck) to another.”
The fire truck cost $285,000 and was purchased through a $247,500 FEMA/Homeland Security Firefighter’s Grant and $37,000 in township funds, said Mike Dockry, township administrator. He added that the engine should save the township about $15,000 a year in maintenance costs.
Describing the response to the new equipment, Frost said the firefighters “absolutely love it.”