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Press Release For immediate release
July 14, 2016
Martinsburg Fire Department Places New Fire Engine in Service
Martinsburg – The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Department announced today that they have taken possession of a 2016 Rosenbaur Fire Engine, which will be placed in service Saturday, July 16, 2016 during the Fire Company’s Annual Ox Roast. The Ox Roast will be held at the Morrison’s Cove Memorial Park, from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday July 15 and 16.
The cost of the engine was $487,450. The Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company and the Martinsburg Volunteer Firemen’s Relief Association raised the $300,000.00, a Federal AFG Grant of $45,000 and a Pennsylvania FCVAS Grant of $13,000. This money helped to equip the new engine with hose, lightning and other essentials. The Martinsburg Fire Department secured a $175,000 loan in order to bring the truck to its new home in Martinsburg. The department will rely on the generous donations of the residents in their coverage area who support fund raising efforts such as this weekend’s OX Roast to assist with paying off the loan. Of course, donations are welcome anytime.
The new engine was purchased through KAZA Fire Equipment LLC of Ebensburg, PA that represents Rosenbaur a true pioneer in the production of fire equipment. With more than 140 years of manufacturing experience, Rosenbaur, a six-generation, family owned business is currently a global leader in firefighting technology and resources, with eleven locations worldwide.
The Rosenbaur engine is custom built specifically for the local needs of firefighting in the Martinsburg coverage area. The pumper features a 1500 GPM pump and can carry 750 gallons of water allowing firefighters to begin to attack a fire as quickly as possible.
Additional water can be supplied from sources as far away as 1200 feet by a 5-inch supply hose. The engine includes 4 pre-connected 1¾-inch hand lines and 2 pre-connected 2½-inch hand lines allowing numerous teams of firefighters to attack the fire from different positions simultaneously.
Additionally, the new engine can also be used as a rescue vehicle to lend assistance to victims of motor vehicle crashes with the Jaws of Life and other rescue tools crucial in rendering assistance in entrapment situations.
Randy Acker, Martinsburg Fire Chief said, “This advanced fire and rescue engine will provide the additional fire protection and rescue equipment our community needs. However we still rely on volunteers to operate our fire department, this new equipment and answer those 9-1-1 calls, and we need more volunteers. We will have applications available during our OX roast or if it’s more convenient they can visit us during our monthly meetings the second Monday of every month or leave a message at 814-793-3442 or also send us a private message on Facebook @MartinsburgVolunteerFireCo1Inc.”
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