Parkview VFD getting new engine to replace 1985 model
The Parkview Volunteer Fire Department in O'Hara will replace an engine that is nearly three decades old.
Chief Tom Fannie said a 2014 Pierce Contender on a Freightliner chassis is expected to roll into the fire hall along Midway Drive later this year.
It will replace a 1985 model on a Mack chassis.
O'Hara will foot the bill, expected to be about $371,000.
Township manager Julie Jakubec said council has a standing agreement with each of the municipality's fire departments to replace vehicles on a rotating schedule.
Parkview's second engine was purchased in 2003.
Jakubec said the township also pays for workers compensation and vehicle insurance.
Founded in 1930, Parkview has about 25 members and houses two engines and a squad truck. Parkview EMS runs three ambulances and a quick-response-service truck.
Fire volunteers last year responded to 99 calls.
With the life expectancy of a fire engine about 20 years, Fannie credited preventative maintenance checks for stretching tax dollars to the limit.
“The 1985 Mack had some work done to it about six years ago,” Fannie said.
Keeping up on small fixes each year minimizes long-term problems, he said.
A member of the department for 25 years, Fannie is eager to check out the updated safety measures such as the compressed-air foam system.
“It generates a foam that helps conserve water because you use less, and it creates a foam blanket to smother the fire,” he said.
The new engine will hold 50 gallons of Class A foam and 750 gallons of water, he said.
Fannie said the existing engine, despite its age, still is in good condition.
“It's in good shape with the exception of an open jump seat,” he said. “That exposes us to the elements.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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