Fire company buys new 10-person engine

May 02, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Manchester's fire company took spring cleaning to a new level last month when the volunteer organization purchased a new 10-person, enclosed cab fire engine.

Over the past four years, the company had painted and refurbished all its other pieces, leaving little else to do but upgrade its engine capacity, said Manchester's chief Steve Miller.

Company officials expect to complete training on the equipment and put it in service in time for a June 5 dedication, he said.

"We put ourselves in the situation that we had brought all of our other equipment up to standards, so we thought we'd purchase a new engine," Mr. Miller said, noting that the company answered 312 calls last year and has responded to more than 150 already this year.

"We like to keep with the times," he said. "We expect this engine to take us into the next century."

The 1994 KME engine -- which was custom-built in Nesquehoning, Pa., -- holds 1,000 gallons of water, pumps 1,500 gallons a minute and has space to carry 10 firefighters in the unit's enclosed cab, Mr. Miller said.

"Nobody is outside the unit," he said. "That's important in case we're involved in some kind of accident, we're all seat-belted in."

The new engine is also equipped with 5-inch, large-diameter hose, Mr. Miller said. Manchester's firefighters previously used 1,000 feet of 3-inch diameter hose with the 1968 Hahn and the 1980 Seagrave engines, he said.

Neither of those engines will be retired, Mr. Miller said.

"This will give us some flexibility, depending on the type of fire, to use either-or," Mr. Miller said of the new 1,200-foot hose.

Fire company officials bought the engine for $276,000 from Allstate Fire Trucks in Hagerstown, using money from an engine fund started about a year ago.

The county kicked in a low-interest loan for the company, which it expects to repay within 20 years, Mr. Miller said.

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