On Display at Open House

Discussing a new Fast Attach skid mount system are from left to right:  Jonathan Moore, Firefighter; Anthony Creaturo, Assistant Chief; Bill Bailey, Engineer; AJ Schmidt. Firefighter; Don Gerlach, Firefighter; and Stephen McCorkle, Lieutenant.

Thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs, West Deer #2, Station 289 proudly displayed a new “Fast Attack” skid mounted tank, pump and hose combination for fighting off road brush fires. The Fast Attack skid mount system is positioned on a 2004 RAM 3500 four-wheel drive heavy duty truck chasis. The combined unit is equipped with a 200 gallon tank, 225 gpm pump, and 200 feet of hose. The cost of the unit was $11,800.00 which was covered by the grant. This all wheel drive vehicle will have a trailer attached carrying an all terrain vehicle which is also equipped with a small tank, pump and hose.

The objective is to provide mobility to firefighters in hard to reach areas. Station 289 is the only station in the area with brush fire fighting equipment.

Assistant Chief Creaturo said the members would like to thank Fire House Subs for their generous grant. They urge area residents to patronize Firehouse Subs located in Cranberry and Butler. The sub shop was started in Jacksonville, FL. by firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen. Firehouse Subs has grown like wildfire. from a single store in Jacksonville, to today with over 300 stations opened and nearly 1000 under development agreements.

More than 50 families attended the Open House to see the newly renovated truck area. Visitors enjoyed tours, an explanation of equipment, hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches. Families received Tot Finder Stickers and young children received plastic hemets.

West Deer VFD #2 would like to thank Emerling Ice Cream for their generous donation of ice cream sandwiches and Highlands volunteer fire department Station 186 for letting them use their awesome fire safety house.

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