NVFCO Acquires New Tanker
Members of the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. will be celebrating later this month when they put a new piece of equipment into service that will result in enhanced firefighting capabilities.
According to Fire Chief JR Sigel, the company is slated to replace a 1984 International tanker with a 2012 Kenworth tanker. Bought directly from Pierce Manufacturing, a global leader in custom fire truck manufacturing and fire apparatus, the new Kenworth tanker is tentatively slated to be put into service on January 26.
The new tanker boasts a carrying capacity of 4,000 plus gallons of water in comparison to the old International that is limited to 1,500 gallons. That alone will be a big help to the company that in the past had to tap into on-site water sources to help boost the 2,500 gallons already on the scene between a tanker and engine.
Reminiscing over his years with the company, Sigel stated he can remember when the old International, just a frame at the time, arrived at the firehall. He was 4 years old at the time and didn’t know that 30 years later he would be overseeing the company, with a goal of modernizing its equipment and services.
Sigel noted he set that personal goal six years ago when he took over as fire chief and is proud to report the company has been able to upgrade most of its equipment during that time. Talk of buying a new tanker has been four years in the works. The ultimate goal would be to pay off the new tanker in seven years, said the fire chief, who added the tanker plus hose and adapters will run at least $375,000 to $380,000.
“This tanker will be here for the rest of my lifetime,” said Sigel.
The company funds its purchases in part through fundraising efforts, but generous donations from the community play a large role in what it is able to accomplish. Individuals wishing to support Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. and its efforts can mail donations to 8328 Great Cove Road, Needmore, Pa. 17238.