DELBARTON – The Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department recently received a much-needed rescue truck which will replace an 18-year old vehicle.
About a month ago, the Delbarton Volunteer Fire Dept. (DVFD) board of directors and Chief Robert Hunt started searching for a new truck to replace the old rescue truck. The department has been saving money for approximately two years now, not going without, but putting back money as they could in hopes of making this new purchase.
“I found the truck, browsing the internet one evening. I sent the link to our senior officers Chief Robert Hunt, Asst. Chief Andy Fouch, Asst. Chief Kenny Smith and Lieutenant Freddy Justice,” said young volunteer firefighter Jordon Mounts. “They all agreed that this was the truck we had been searching for. I placed a call into the company that was selling the truck who told me the truck was originally purchased by a paid department in New Jersey, who used it as their first out truck on fires.”
“We noticed a couple of years back that our call volume versus fire and rescue was something like 80 percent to 20 percent,” Chief Hunt said. “With our older truck having more than 100,000 miles on it, we were not sure how much longer it was going to be reliable.”
“After a meeting where Chief Hunt presented the truck to the Board of Directors, a call was made to Glenn Usdin of Command Fire Apparatus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” Mounts continued. The President of the Board, Bob Preece, struck a deal with Command FA for $105,000, which included lettering and delivery.
Two weeks later, the DVFD took delivery of the newly dubbed “Rescue 203” on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
“We look to bring the truck into service in the coming weeks after we equip the truck and make some renovations to the station to accommodate the larger setup,” Mounts added.
“We were really cautious with our spending,” Hunt said. “We tried to find a truck to take us into the future.”
The new unit is equipped with generator hose rollers on both sides of the truck and also a back-up camera and water tank that increases capacity from the current unit’s 250 gallons to 500.
“As we expand our tools we have the need for additional room,” Hunt said. “This truck gives us that.”
The department’s coverage area spans from the foot of Horsepen Mountain to the top of Cow Creek Mountain at Ragland, through downtown and along U.S. Rt. 52 to U. S. Rt. 119 (Corridor G).
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)