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 Tanker Reconstruction

On Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 1533 Hrs. Tanker 614-4 was involved in a roll-over accident along Fallen Timber Road in Shade Township, while responding on a Brush Fire. The driver and one firefighter were the only occupants of the vehicle, but neither was seriously injured. The Tanker, a 1994 Model Mack sustained major damage, and was later declared a "total loss" by our Insurance Carrier. After receiving payment from the Insurance Company, the fire department began looking at options on replacing the Tanker/Pumper. It was determined that to put that same type Tanker/Pumper back into service it would cost approximately $325,000 to $350,000. We had received $250,000 from our Insurance Company, but to make-up the difference we would have to borrow at least $75,000. On December 17, 2008 the totaled unit was found on a "Salvaged Truck Auction" page on the internet with the sale date being Jan. 8, 2009. After placing a bid through a local licensed dealer, we won the auction and purchased the entire truck for $7,350. The truck was returned to Somerset on Jan. 12, 2009 and then taken to 4 Guys Fire Trucks in Meyersdale to have everything removed from the chassis. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, the chassis was sent to WW Engines in Somerset to have a new Cab installed. Once the new Cab is installed, the chassis will be returned to 4 Guys Fire Trucks for the installation of a new 2,600 Gallon Tank and body, along with the servicing of the existing pump. The total cost of this project will be approximately $200,000, thus saving the fire department $100,000 - $150,000. The entire reconstruction project should be completed by May 31, 2009 and Tanker 614-4 placed back into service.

We would like to say "Thank You" to the Sipesville Vol. Fire Dept. for immediately offering their 2nd Tanker to us for use while Tanker 614-4 is out of service.

We would also like to say "Thank You" to Todd and Ed Berkey of Berkey Auto in Hooversville for placing the bids on the Internet Auction to purchase back Tanker 614-4. Without you time and patience, we could have never started this project!

The Hooversville Vol. Fire Dept would like to thank Randy and his Garage Staff at WW Engines in Somerset (Mack Truck Garage) for their fine work and full cooperation in this project. The Chassis reconstruction project was completed on March 26, 2009 by WW Engines in Somerset, PA, and then driven to 4 Guy Fire Trucks in Meyersdale, PA for the installation of the new Tank and the competition of the project.

The Tanker Reconstruction Project was complete on June 11, 2009, and we took delivery of the Tanker on June 13, 2009. Tanker 614-4 was placed back in service on July 20, 2009.

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