LORDS VALLEY - To enhance their training, volunteer firefighters at the Pike County Training Center will now have a new engine with which to train. The Delaware Township Fire Company of Dingmans Ferry donated a 1993 engine, that Jordan Wisniewski, the training and operations manager said is a pumper that supplies water to other apparatuses.
The engine will be used for training purposes for multiple classes as well as the basic essentials course because “everything revolves around an engine,” he said.
The engine can carry 1,000 gallons of water. The Delaware Township Fire Company had two engines. The one they gave to the center had been for sale for awhile, but there were no “serious bids,” said Wisniewski. Consequently, the department was “more than kind to us,” Wisniewski stated.
The pumper has been refurbished. Fire engines can be quite old, as one at the center was from 1983 and was later refurbished in 1991. There are other fire apparatuses 40 years old, that he said some stations actually have in service or use for parades.
The engine that was given to the center, while it is refurbished, Wisniewski said doesn’t have all of the modern day technologies. He said that is okay because a lot of the safety features cause problems and having an older truck for training is just fine.
If the center were to have bought the truck from the market, Wisniewski figured it could have cost $14,000 “easily.” The volunteers are “very fortunate,” he added.
When training with such a truck, Wisniewski said the volunteers would learn the basics of the job, including how to get in and out of the truck, which they would be tested on.
The truck the center had will be donated to another training facility or fire department in the state.
At the center, Wisniewski estimated a least a thousand new firefighters will train with the truck, which includes 20 to 30 volunteer fire departments from Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Lackawanna counties.
Chris Kimble, the chief of the Delaware Township department, said the ’93 engine is “great” as it doesn’t even have 20,000 miles. Last year, the department purchased a brand new truck that can hold 1,250 gallons of water. The new truck will simply better address the department’s needs, because of its size and set up, said Kimble.