Breakfasts, raffles, carnivals earn New Windsor a fire engine

April 20, 1995|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

It took two years of pancake breakfasts, raffles and carnivals, but the 1994 Seagrave fire engine is worth it.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company will dedicate the new $300,000 engine at the town fire hall.

The company also will rededicate a refurbished engine at a ceremony.

"I think the whole department is pretty proud of it," Fire Chief Ronnie Blacksten said of the new Engine 102, which has been in service since the fall.

"It's really been great," Mr. Blacksten said. "With the extra room, it's a lot easier to work off of and get equipment off of."

At the dedication, which is open to the public, the fire company will honor the committee that was formed two years ago to oversee and coordinate the purchase of the new fire engine.

The fire company also will recognize groups and individuals that played a role in the purchase of the new engine.

"It's just a little celebration of our accomplishments and to let the community know what we're doing," Mr. Blacksten said.

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. donated $10,000 toward the cost of the engine.

Through bake sales, suppers and other fund-raisers, the New Windsor Ladies Auxiliary raised $10,000 for the purchase.

The New Windsor Junior Firemen raised $1,000.

The new engine can pump 1,250 gallons of water a minute, has a 1,000-gallon booster tank and a 7,500-watt diesel generator, Mr. Blacksten said.

It is a dual purpose unit, with features that allow firefighters to carry rescue equipment.

The enclosed cab will permit 10 firefighters to ride safely inside instead of riding on the tail board, Mr. Blacksten said.

The fire company purchased the engine from the Seagrave factory in Wisconsin to replace a 1977 American LaFrance engine.

Besides the dedication of Engine 102, New Windsor Fire Company will rededicate Engine 101, which has been refurbished.

The $52,000 renovation project of the 1985 unit included the installation of a cab enclosure with seat belts so that all firefighters can ride inside, Mr. Blacksten said.

New Windsor Fire Hall is at 209 High St.

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