By DON AINES
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Fire Department has some of the latest firefighting equipment thanks to the donation of a 1998 Pierce Lance pumper by Westphal Hose Co. No. 5.
The new truck replaces a 1970 Mack fire engine that is being retired, according to Capt. David Brining. The Westphal Hose Co., which operates a supporting branch of the paid department, will make the lease payments for the truck over the next seven years with a $1 buyout at the end of the lease.
The new truck features a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pump and a 750-gallon tank. Brining said a pre-piped 40-gallon foam tank and pre-piped deck gun on the truck will allow those pieces of equipment to be brought into action much faster and give the department new firefighting capabilities.