Ever vigilant for the protection of life and property, Central Volunteer Fire Department Company 27 received their new fire pumper engine, Wednesday, October 30.
Chief Chuck Rosemergy and other Company 27 members were on hand at the station at 574 Westcolang Road in Lackawaxen Township when the truck arrived.
The new truck is a 2013 E-One, with a 1,750 gallon per minute (gpm) pump. It can carry 2,000 gallons of water. There is a cab seating eight, which includes six firefighters and seats for two fire victims should they have to be transported.
Assistant Chief Fred Gelderman said that this truck replaces a 1996 International which had a 1,450 gpm pump and a 1,000 gallon tank.
Gelderman stated that the company has been considering a new fire engine for the last four or five years. Although Central does not have its own tanker truck, in the event tankers are needed, mutual aid from the other three fire departments in Lackawaxen Township supply the additional water with their tanker vehicles.
A tanker would hold 3,000 gallons of water. Gelderman said that between the capacity of the new pumper and the 1,000 gallon tank on their rescue truck, they will already have 3,000 gallons of water at their immediate disposal even before mutual aid arrives at a fire. "That's a lot of water," he said.
The new truck also features a camera that records panoramic views when they head to an emergency, which Gelderman said provides information an insurance company may later request. The truck has an additional light tower, a bigger generator and tandem wheels. Having double wheels is an advantage riding over the roads, he said.
He said the new truck costs "a little in excess of $528,000." Gelderman, who handles the fund-raising, said that the fire company has been very frugal with expenditures in the last few years, to save enough for a 20 percent down payment. That came to over $100,000.
Central Volunteer hosts numerous fund-raisers, including Casino Night, breakfasts and coin drops. Gelderman said that definitely need the support of the public to provide the emergency services their volunteers bring the community.
Company 27 is a member of the Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission, which hosts a joint fun-raising appeal letter every spring and follow-up letter in the fall. Volunteers from the member companies gather at the Central Volunteer fire hall to stuff envelopes and get them ready for mailing.
Regarding the new up-to-date fire engine, Gelderman added, "We're going first class- people's lives are at stake."
Central Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1949. They may be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Vol-Fire-company/284758391942.