West Hamilton Beach NY Receives Fire Apparatus Replacement

Superstorm Sandy ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens (NY) flooding the fire station with five feet of water and ruining all of its rescue equipment.

The fierce storm trashed three fire engines, a brush truck and two ambulances at the Queens department.

A 1986 fire engine has recently been donated by North Huntingdon’s Larimer Volunteer Fire Department will help to replenish the New York department’s fleet.

Bill Hardy, chief of the Larimer fire department, saw photographs online of inundated New York fire departments and offered to help the West Hamilton Beach company.

Larimer got a new fire engine in August, which replaced the donated truck.

Donations of equipment have been provided by fire stations across the nation, including Hooversville and Berlin in Somerset County. Fire departments in Mississippi and Georgia donated equipment.

The brick-and-cinder block fire station in Queens survived the storm but needed a new roof and some interior work. The storm left the department without electricity for six weeks.

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