The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 1, 2012

$101G pumper ready to roll

It can put out 375 gallons per minute

SUNBURY —  The Upper Augusta fire chief unveiled his company’s new $101,000 mini-pumper truck to township supervisors at Monday’s night’s meeting.

“Finally taking possession of the 2012 Ford F-550 Crew-Cab Mini Pumper is the culmination of five years of fundraising,” said fire chief Bill Brown, Monday afternoon. Brown has been fire chief of the Upper Augusta Fire Company for four years.

The company needed this size vehicle, he said.

“We did some extensive research into the kind of truck we needed. We defined our issues,” Brown continued. “We serve residents in a rural area and some residences are hard to get to, driving on some rural roads that are very narrow. That’s why a vehicle this size — a mini pumper, is ideal for us.”

He cited an example last year, when there was a night-time snow squall over a road that they needed to traverse. “This should no longer be a problem, now that we have the Ford F-550.

The new truck can pump 375 gallons per minute.

“There are some limitations, it’s only a mini-pumper, but we’ll be able to effectively serve our residents with this new vehicle.”

The mini-pumper was built by Fouts Bros. from Smyrna, GA., a company that specializes in building fire equipment and outfitting trucks for fire departments.  

“Two of our guys flew to Smyrna, to pick the truck up,” Brown said. The vehicle was purchased with funds from the Upper Augusta Volunteer Fire Company Relief Association.


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