Exciting new developments at Parkesburg Fire Company this morning.
First, there isn’t likely to be a Parkesburg Fire Company much longer. Don’t worry, our hard working band of dedicated volunteers is not going away.
Instead, as part of the 2 year long consolidation initiative where Parkesburg’s fire company merges equipment, resources and monies with sister companies in Atglen and Pomeroy, the combined fire company will be known as the Keystone Valley Fire Department.
The new name was selected by members of all three organization from a list of 10-12 names including Iron Rails Fire Company.
According to Atglen Fire Company’s web site, “once this name is officially accepted, it will help spur further movement in the development of the New District and Department, Charters can be applied for and all legal documentation and procedures can move forward without trouble now. ”
More on the fire company consolidation here.
In other fire company news, The Parkesburg Fire Company has purchased a new ladder truck. The truck was designed by several members of the company who spent many months developing and designing the new piece.
The new truck, a 2012 Pierce PUC 75′ Aerial similar to the one pictured here, will have an aluminum ladder, a 500 gallon water tank and a 1,500 gpm pump.
The new piece of equipment will cost roughly $700,000.
The fire company applied for a FEMA grant last year to replace their old ladder truck, a 1974 Pierce Arrow, due to the increasing maintenance costs and age.
In February the Fire Company was awarded a FEMA grant for $473,100 for the purchase of this new ladder truck.
The new truck is currently on the assembly line and is slated to be completed on September 5th 2012. After the truck is released from the assembly line it will have all equipment mounted which is expected to take a month.