|Fri. Mar 16th 2012|
On February 14th the fire company sold its 2003 Ferrara Engine to a company in Canada in anticipation of ordering a new straight body rescue truck. On March 13th the company opened bids on the rescue truck and will hopefully be ordering a vehicle shortly. However, with delivery time we could be down to one primary response vehicle for up to a year.
Once the Engine was sold, the company began to look for a loaned vehicle to bridge the gap. A number of vehicles were considered, including an engine from Hughestown in Luzerne County, but the company decided on the 1988 Sutphen Lake Ariel Engine 3 because of its similar pump to Rescue 25 and handling characteristics. This vehicle is more of a spare engine for Lake Ariel and has seen little use in the past few years and the company has concerns about it not being used enough to keep the vehicle in working condition. Running out of Station 25, we hope to give it a good workout. Both Hughestown and Lake Ariel were ready to loan a vehicle to us at no cost, except for routine maintenance.
The vehicle is equipped with a 1500 gpm pump and 1000 gallon water tank. Jessup #2 members have transferred all required equipment from the Ferrara engine to the Sutphen in order to operate the vehicle as a fully equipped engine company and it has been re-activated in the Lackawanna County Communications Center as Engine 25. The unit made its first response on March 17th for a search in the Winton section of the Borough.
The company wishes to thank both Hughestown and Lake Ariel for their assistance and look to return the favor at some future time.