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Smithsburg dedicates new engine

December 14, 2000

Smithsburg dedicates new engine

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer


New EngineSMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co.'s newest vehicle was put into service Thursday following a dedication ceremony at the station.

The company recently purchased a $375,000 engine/tanker to replace a 20-year-old engine that was past its prime.

Company President Glen Fishack hosted the dedication ceremony, which included a blessing by area clergy.

The engine/tanker holds more water than a typical fire engine and has three portals for dumping water, said Assistant Fire Chief Randy Smith.

This is helpful in fighting rural fires because firefighters can dump a load of water into a holding tank at the scene quickly and go back for more, he said.

"We were looking to save money and manpower and give the community the best that we can," said Fishack.

Smithsburg owes $92,000 on the engine/tanker. The company received a $100,000 low-interest loan through Washington County and raised the rest of the money through various fund-raisers and by setting money aside every year in its budget.

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The engine/tanker has a 25-year lifespan, said Fishack. The company's old engine will be put up for sale.

About 30 people attended the dedication ceremony and gathered hands as area clergy blessed the engine/tanker and the water within it.

The ceremony was interrupted briefly when some Smithsburg firefighters and those from area companies in attendance were called to a house fire in Franklin County, Pa.

Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. went on 360 calls in the past year, averaging about 12 volunteers per call.

The company was established in 1932 and services 6,000 people in its coverage area, Chief Ron Jeter said.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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