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New fire truck almost ready for service

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 8/23/22

The Poland Volunteer Fire Company will soon welcome a new $400,000 pumper truck to its fleet, according to Fire Chief Michael Galluzzo Sr.

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New fire truck almost ready for service

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POLAND — The Poland Volunteer Fire Company will soon welcome a new $400,000 pumper truck to its fleet, according to Fire Chief Michael Galluzzo Sr.

The new 2022 Freightliner truck, with a Rosenbauer body, is parked at the Route 8 fire station, said Chief Galluzzo, though it’s about three weeks from being put into service. The truck carries a 1,000 gallon water tank, and a pumper that shoots 1,500 gallons of water per minute.

The new truck — Engine 131 — will replace an aging 1997 pumper, the chief said.

“It’s important to update, to get something that’s state-of-the-art,” Galluzzo stated. Most firetrucks have a 20-year recommended lifespan.

The new pumper can support eight hand-line hoses, though the chief noted that he’s still waiting for some to arrive to finish equipping the truck. The new apparatus cost just under $400,000, which was budgeted through the department. It was ordered in October 2020.

One of the technological improvements since 1997 is that “the pumper is more or less self-sufficient, the pump can run by itself,” Chief Galluzzo said, meaning it requires less hands to operate.

The Poland Fire Department covers 33 square miles in Herkimer County, with joint coverage in Ohio and Cold Brook. They cover 36 miles of Route 8 between Deerfield in Oneida County all the way to the Hamilton County line. The department has approximately 40 active members, and a fleet of eight vehicles.

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