The Ferndale (MD) Volunteer Fire Company (FVFC) recently donated its Engine 342, a 1994 Spartan/Quality 1,500-gallon-per-minute/1000-gallon water tank apparatus, to the Chestnut Ridge (TN) Volunteer Fire Department (CRVFD), reports Patch.com.
Prior to the donation, CRVFD had gone two years without its own an engine after its previous apparatus experienced mechanical failure. The department, unable to replace its previous engine, was forced to operate with a homemade tanker and brush truck.
Engine 342 was designed by FVFC, and it had served mainly as a backup to Engine 341 over the years. When the time came to move past Engine 342, officials suggested donating it instead of selling.
Officials say they posted information about the apparatus on the National Volunteer Fire Council’s Voice website, and the first interested company responded within an hour. Then, within three days, 23 requests had been made for the engine from places such as Texas, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Alabama.