From staff reports
The North East community has ever-changing and growing needs, and the North East fire departments are making sure to maintain their services to grow alongside the community.
Fuller Hose Co. 1 has done so by purchasing a new fire engine, a 2021 Pierce Enforcer Engine, on July 8.
The new engine will make its first appearance on Sunday, July 18, during the Cherry Fest Porch Parade.
Fuller Hose created an apparatus purchasing committee in late 2019 and signed the purchase order with Pierce Manufacturing in the third quarter of 2020 after looking at several manufacturers in the industry.
“It was important to look at best practices and how the engine will serve the community over the next 20 years,” Fuller Hose Co. 1 Captain Matt Skrekla said. “The fire department has an ever-expanding role in the community and the engine was designed to meet and exceed that anticipated need.”
Each one of the apparatus maintained by Fuller Hose is able to respond to a wide variety of emergencies in North East and surrounding communities. Members are currently training on the engine as well as outfitting the engine with radios and other required equipment before it goes into service.
The engine came from Pierce Manufacturing which is an Appleton, Wisconsin-based manufacturer of custom fire and rescue apparatus and a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corp.
Fire departments follow the National Fire Protection Association, 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, which recommends replacing frontline fire engines every 20 years. By maintaining an up-to-date fleet, residents see these savings in their reduced homeowners insurance cost.
The previous engine was a 1998 American LaFrance Engine that was sold to a volunteer fire company in Warfield, Kentucky, and the proceeds of the sale are being used toward annual payments for the new engine.
The apparatus purchase of $600,000 was funded through Community Leasing Partners in Manhattan, Kansas, who provide fire departments with the best rates and most experience in tax-exempt lease purchase financing options.
Fuller Hose has purchased its last four apparatus through Community Leasing Partners. “Community Leasing has been a really good fit for Fuller Hose,” Fuller Hose President Billy Klenz said.
An annual $50,000 payment is made through different fundraising efforts such as the North East Firemen’s Cherry Festival, Fuller Hose Cash Bash and other efforts.
“The membership of Fuller Hose Company 1 is grateful for the financial support they receive from the community and other shareholders within the community,” Klenz said.
Also coming soon, Crescent Hose Co. 2 also has placed an order with Pierce Manufacturing for a 2021 Pierce Enforcer HDR (Heavy Duty Rescue) which will replace the current rescue owned and operated by Crescent Hose.
Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
More information will be available when the rescue is delivered.