Susquehanna County (PA) Receives Donated Fire Apparatus

A fire truck is ending its service with the Rush Volunteer Fire Department, parking in a new garage in Susquehanna County. 

The truck will help young students learn the ropes of the firefighting service.

“It means a lot to us, we’ve been waiting for it, we’re excited for it, all of us have been asking every other day when is it coming, when is it coming,” said 10th grade student Samantha Herne.

Firefighters drove the truck to the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center near Dimock.  Rush Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief says instead of selling it, the truck will now help high school students studying firefighting.

“They have hoses on it we left on the truck, nozzles, adapters, some small hand tools we left on there so they’re all things that they’ll be able to feel, touch, use and hopefully learn from,” said Rush Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Jauss.

Fire officials hope with a donation of this size that it will also help fight a bigger problem in many communities throughout Susquehanna County. Firefighters hope this truck will drum up more interest in volunteering with local departments.

“That’s one of the biggest problems, especially today with the new training regulations that have to be done,” said volunteer firefighter Wayne Very.

Teachers here say they’ll begin the essentials of firefighting course, preparing students to answer fire calls in the future.

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