(04/30/2002)

Chief Johnson says old pumpers reaching end of life

Grantsville Fire Chief Dave Johnson says the GVFD is reaching a point where a new pumper truck has to be purchased. Two of the current pumpers are 1973 and 1975 vintage, and a combination pumper/tanker, the latest owned by the department, is a 1989 model.

Johnson said the department is also "desperately in need" of a brush fire truck.

"We're not sure about how to raise money for a new fire truck," said Johnson. A pumper truck recently placed in service by the Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department cost about $125,000. "It's a lot of money for us, particularly when we have a debt on the new fire station, but these units are getting difficult to repair, near the end of their life."

A flyer printed by the department this week says "We are the volunteers, the ones you see running up and down the roads at all hours, day and night."

"We are the ones responding in your time of need. We fight fire, respond to car accidents, fight forest fires, respond to 911/EMS for assistance calls, deliver water to your homes, and even get cats out of trees, sometime."

The department plans on having some fund raisers soon and is asking for public and business donations for the new truck fund. Donations can be mailed to GVFD Truck Fund, P. O. Box 440, Grantsville WV 26147.

The department is also organizing a new Firefighter I and II class for new or prospective firefighters in the area. The course will be taught by RESA-V instructor Terry Brown. Phone 304-354-6566 and leave name and number.

Chief Johnson celebrates #41 this week, without
his customary profile photo


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