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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Fire Department gets new engine

  • -A local fire company is excited to announce that they have a new fire truck at the department, bringing their total to seven trucks.
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  • -A local fire company is excited to announce that they have a new fire truck at the department, bringing their total to seven trucks. The Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company received Engine Rescue 1 on Sept. 18, but it "had to be turned into" what the department would use it for. "It was operable before we received it," said member Al Rae. "We just had to turn it into what we would need and use it for." Engine Rescue 1 was previously owned by the Bohemia Fire Department in Long Island, NY. It was originally on bid for sale, but after several months of negotiating, it was donated to the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company. Rae was a member of the Bohemia Fire Department before joining Lake Ariel's department. "They felt we would get more use out of it," said Rae. "We needed another truck," said chief Mike DiPierro. "We're very grateful to them for donating the truck to help move the company forward. I want to thank our members for putting in countless hours and for their dedication." What is also neat about the truck is that it was Acting Engine 261 for the Fire Department of New York during 9/11. That information is still listed on the engine. Members of the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company, along with JSD Electrical Construction, Mehne Welding, New Wave and Transcontinental Steel from New Jersey, worked to get Engine Rescue 1 to fit their standards. What they didn't use they will be donating to other fire departments. The engine was put into service on Nov. 26. "It was used on its first call under 24 hours from when it was put in service," said DiPierro. Engine Rescue 1 has extrication tools, water rescue equipment, rope rescue, medical equipment, fire fighting equipment and a cascade unit to fill the cylinders on their packs. The Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company relies on donations from the community. They don't receive any tax revenue and all of the members are volunteers. Donations may be sent to Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Lake Ariel, PA 18436 or on their website, www.lakearielfireco.com. They can be reached at (570) 698-5340 or lakearielfirecompany@yahoo.com.
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