Mahoning Fire Co. gets a new a KME pumper
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lieutenant Rick Frey, left, and Fire Chief Mark Ebbert, both of Mahoning Valley Fire Company, examine new 2013 KME pumper that the fire company purchased. The new piece of apparatus probably won't be placed in service until next month after members receive proper training and additional equipment is mounted.
Mahoning Valley Fire Company has purchased a new piece of apparatus.
The 2013 KME pumper arrived at the Mahoning station last Monday.
Fire Chief Mark Ebbert said it might be about a month before the new truck is utilized at fire scenes.
"It will take about a month for mounting equipment and training the members," he said, adding that he considers the proper training to be the most important factor.
The new, lime yellow truck with blue stripes is replacing a 1980 Pierce pumper.
It's the first new piece of apparatus the fire company purchased since it bought a brush truck - a Ford - in 2004.
The new pumper had a base prices of $467,217.
Most of the vehicles the fire company owns were made by the Pierce Corporation, whose headquarters are in Appleton, Wis.
Ebbert said that the decision was made to buy the new vehicle locally from KME, in Nesquehoning, because many township residents are employed there.
Lieutenant Rick Frey said another great thing about buying the truck from KME is that members of the fire company could visit the manufacturing plant during the construction process and see the new truck being built.
The new truck has a 1,500 gallons-per-minute pump, a 1,000 gallon water tank, and 25 gallons of foam.
Other trucks the fire company has besides the new one and the brush truck are a 1999 Pierce pumper with an International rescue pumper and a 1985 Pierce with a GMC tanker.
Ebbert commented, "We appreciate the support of township residents, businesses, and the board of supervisors. It's because of this that we were able to make this (purchase) happen."
He said a housing and dedication ceremony are being planned for September.