Shepherdstown WV Receives New Fire Apparatus

Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department (WV) has celebrated the arrival of a 2012 Pierce Velocity Engine.

The truck will replace a 1989 Pierce Dash Engine that served the community of Shepherdstown and Jefferson County for more than two decades and responded to approximately 5,000 calls for service.

The new Engine 3 has a 500 horsepower motor with a 2,000-gallon-per-minute water pump and a tank that holds 750 gallons of water. The engine carries about 3,000 feet of fire hose and can transport six firemen to the scene of an emergency in its state-of-the-art cabin.

“For two years we had a committee that worked on this engine. We talked about everything from the tires that are hitting the ground to the nozzle on the end of the hose. Quite a bit of work went into it,” Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department President Craig Simpson said.

The new engine costs more than $500,000, money that members helped to raise with the support of the local community.

Ross Morgan also said the money needed for the engine required the willingness and dedication of the department and the community to raise it and to make sure the engine could be purchased.

“Our membership had the experience, the expertise and patience to build a fire engine, and we had the dedication to raise the funds to pay for it. Most importantly — and I cannot stress this enough how important this is — is the wonderful support we received from our community, both financially and through hands-on help. We cannot survive without them,” Ross Morgan said.

The department honored the late Kenneth Shipley during the ceremony by dedicating the new engine in his memory. Shipley joined the department in 1935 at the age of 16 and served faithfully until his death in 1951 of a heart attack.

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