Rescue Hose Company welcomes newest truck

1st Lt. Tyler Myers got some help from his daughter Kinley, 6, in the wipedown.

The Rescue Hose Company carried on a tradition Dec. 7 to welcome a new fire truck into the fleet. It first held the formal ceremony in 2010 for Squad 3.

The 2013 Pierce Velocity Engine 3 Tanker was honored during the wet down and housing ceremony. The $650,000 vehicle replaced a 1987 tanker, which was sold to a fire company in West Virginia. The new unit can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute and haul 2,500 gallons, besting the capacity of 1,000 and 750 gallons for the other two tankers. It also contains modern safety features.

"If you haven't been in it, on it or around it, we invite you to take a tour today," fire chief Kevin Barnes told the crowd of RHC personnel and their families.

He was enthusiastic about the capabilities of the tanker.

"It will improve our operations, allows enclosed seating, and is a safer environment during responses."

The truck was financed through donations by the Borough of Greencastle, Antrim Township, residents and the G-A Volunteer Fire Fighters Relief, the latter funded by monies from out-of-state insurance companies.

Glick Fire Equipment was awarded the contract in January 2013, and the unit was made by Pierce Manufacturing in Wisconsin.

Saturday the firefighters used the 1741 Hand Pumper to spray water on its descendant. The RHC volunteers then wiped it dry and ceremonially pushed it into the station. Chaplain Wayne Warren presided. Borough council president Charles Eckstine and Antrim supervisor John Alleman, a 44-year RHC volunteer, brought greetings and congratulations from their municipalities.

RHC president Cheryl Mowen said each of the 500 annual fire calls was an important incident and each responder faced a risk.

"It is our duty to minimize that risk. Having the proper equipment is critical. This tanker meets and exceeds our expectations," she said.

A committee of J.R. Koons, Keith Mowen, Dave Hann, Craig Myers, Norm Hann Jr., Mike Luger, Jeff Williams and Tim Myers researched and ordered the latest addition to the RHC. Barnes was hopeful it would last at least 20 years, or maybe 26, like the one it replaced.