Chanhassen MN Sending Fire Apparatus to New York

Chanhassen (MN) is loaning the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department (NY) a spare fire truck in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department has been in operation since 1905. During Hurricane Sandy, the department’s fleet was destroyed, which included two ambulances, two fire engines, and command vehicles.

The city of Chanhassen had planned to sell Engine 22, a pumper truck, at the end of 2012, but instead will loan the vehicle to the BCVFD.

The lending of the fire truck was just the beginning of this story, however. It’s not an easy feat to get a fire truck from Minnesota to New York. As the fire department members worked to explore options for grant funding to move the truck, they also received  bids for the transport. When they contacted ATS Specialized Inc. in St. Cloud, they were told that Raleigh Anderson, the owner of ATS, would take responsibility for the transport, at their cost. This is about a $6,000 donation.

Neighboring departments then worked to fill the truck — Victoria Fire and Carver Fire were able to send spare boots and helmets. The Chaska Fire Department was able to send four air monitors, a Jaws of Life unit, and two power supplies. This secondhand and spare equipment will be put to good use as Broad Channel faces more impending winter weather and recovery efforts.

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