Manchester fire company seeking $250,000 loan from county for engine

April 25, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Manchester Fire Engine and Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 is asking the county commissioners for a $250,000 loan to buy a fire engine.

County Comptroller Gene Curfman is expected to ask the commissioners for the loan this morning. Curfman said no problems normally arise with approvals of these loans.

"We do these type [of] loans fairly regularly," Curfman said. "If they pay it back quickly, there is no prepayment penalty."

Manchester Fire Chief Chris Horrigan said the engine, a 2002 KME, would hold 1,500 gallons of water and pump that much a minute. It would replace two older engines that hold 750 gallons and 1,000 gallons each.

"This new engine can do the job of both old engines," Horrigan said.

The new engine, which would cost $302,000, will be a "plain Jane," with no fancy features, he said. The engine should be delivered at the end of June or first of July and be placed in service within two weeks.

Manchester, with three engines, a rescue truck and an ambulance, answers about 500 fire calls and 800 ambulance calls a year, Horrigan said. The company is reducing its equipment because it does not have enough volunteers to use three engines.

"If we had enough volunteers, we could stay with three engines," Horrigan said.

The company has about 100 volunteers on its membership rolls but only about 36 who ride the equipment, he said.

The station is supposed to use the rescue truck and an engine on all calls. If no volunteers show up, however, someone decides which piece goes out, depending on the call.

The biggest problem is staffing during the week, when volunteers work their regular jobs, he said. Help comes from the 25 part-time paid Emergency Medical Services personnel who staff the station 24 hours a day.

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