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Waynesboro Fire Department gets new firetruck

October 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Fire Department's newest piece of rolling equipment weighs more than 50,000 tons, can reach more than 70 feet into the air, cost $614,000 and goes into service Nov. 1.

Waynesboro Fire Chief Ron Flegel said Wednesday that the new ladder truck and a new pumper, which went into service just last week, replace aging trucks that the department has had in service for decades - a pumper since 1976 and an aerial truck since 1982.

Both new trucks carry a Sutphen label.

The new pumper is housed at the Mechanics Steam Fire Engine & Hose Co. firehouse at 10 Virginia Ave. and the new ladder truck is garaged at the Always There Hook & Ladder Fire Co. No. 1 at 29 S. Potomac St.

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Both companies make up the Waynesboro Fire Department.

Flegel said money to buy the new trucks was raised by fundraisers over several years, state grants and a $150,000 state loan at 2 percent.

The new pumper cost nearly $240,000, he said.

The floor of the South Potomac Street firehouse had to be shored up to carry the weight of the new ladder truck, Flegel said.

Department members are still equipping the vehicle, he said.

Monday night, the Washington Township Supervisors gave $10,000 to the Waynesboro Fire Department to buy equipment for the new truck.

Flegel said about half of the calls that the Waynesboro Fire Department responds to are in Washington Township. The township is also served by Blue Ridge Mountain Fire & Rescue in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

The Waynesboro Fire Department has seven trucks in service, including four garaged in the South Potomac Street station and three in the Virginia Avenue firehouse, Flegel said.

The department sold the 1982 aerial truck to a fire department in New Market, Va., for $35,000, he said. A Reading, Pa., collector paid $5,500 for the 1976 Mack pumper.

Flegel said the department is selling wooden collectibles of the new ladder truck as an added fundraiser. They sell for $13 each and can be bought at either firehouse, he said.

The Waynesboro Fire Department has from 50 to 60 active volunteers and five paid drivers, including Flegel.

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