The New Columbus Fire Company wants to make sure the fire truck garage is safe for volunteers when they start up their rig.

That's why they recently installed an exhaust extraction system in the building.

The system, which cost $11,000, looks like a series of ducts and tubes, but helps cut down on the amount of diesel fumes that are released into the garage when the fire truck is started.

A long hose hangs from the ceiling and attaches to the exhaust pipe of the rig. When it is time to answer a fire call, volunteers only have to start the truck as they normally do, and go. The hose traps the exhaust, making the air safer to breathe in the building, and moves with the truck on a track until it reaches the garage door. It then is designed to simply "pop" off the exhaust pipe as it hits the wall.

Jim Nardozzi, fire chief, explained that the system was installed about two months ago, with help from the volunteers and community.

In addition to monthly fire company breakfasts and an annual fund drive that the volunteers held to raise the money needed for the system, the New Columbus Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary; as well as resident supporters donated to the cause.

Nardozzi and assistant fire chief Don Schlier both said they were thankful for the support of the community.

The New Columbus Fire Company serves New Columbus, Nesquehoning and the surrounding municipalities.

Volunteer members range from junior firefighters to seasoned veterans.

For those interested in joining the company, or in making a donation to help cover operational costs throughout the year, Nardozzi said anyone can stop by the fire truck garage, located at 7 E. Diaz Ave. in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, around 6 p.m., on Mondays, which are training nights.