Members of Washington Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 of Mahanoy City picked up their new aerial truck for delivery to their hometown.
The refurbished Emergency One Custom 75-foot Quint from the Southampton Fire Company No. 1, Southampton, Bucks County, was driven to Mahanoy City, arriving about 2:30 p.m. at the West End Fire and Rescue Company No. 5, which will be its temporary home until a new fire truck bay and office are constructed next door to West End Fire in the near future.
The red and white ladder truck has been upgraded to the latest standards in firefighting equipment. The truck is called a “quint” since it serves five functions as a ladder truck and engine: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders.
The fire company has been without a ladder truck for one year. An early morning fire on Aug. 24, 2013, destroyed the fire company’s 1993 Simon Duplex Quint 75-foot aerial truck, the firehouse at 35 E. Mahanoy St., and the building’s contents. The fire occurred on the morning of the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration and the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Convention.
Washington H&L finalized the purchase of the truck for $225,000 on April 5, after which the truck was delivered to Fire Line Equipment, East Earl (near Lancaster), to be completely refurbished. Within the last few weeks, the truck’s lettering and decals were added. The refurbishing and upgrading cost $135,000.
West End Chief Joseph Gavala said the construction of Washington’s new garage, planned to start in October, will coincide with West End’s planned work.
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