Remsen firefighters welcome new rig

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REMSEN — The Remsen Volunteer Fire Department welcomed a “new to us” pumper truck for their fleet this week.

Department President Alex Karis said the 2002 Spartan/Darley pumper truck is being put into service this week after purchasing the used vehicle more than a year ago, in April 2019.

They bought the 1,000-gallon truck from the Calcium Fire Department in Jefferson County and took possession of it in December.

Since then, the truck underwent extensive body work for corrosion repair at Express Auto Body in Remsen, followed by a trip to JPJ Electronics in Yorkville to get fitted for lights and radio equipment, Mohawk Valley Freightliner for further service and Valley Signs for lettering.

“We finally have it back in our possession and are in the process of putting it into service now,” said Karis.

He said they bought the truck used from another department “to save the fire district/taxpayers” money, stating that a brand new truck would likely cost over $500,000. Karis said the department put just under $100,000 into buying the 2002 truck and making it ready for service.

Karis said the money for the truck came from the department’s budget, as well as several years worth of savings, along with donations from the Remsen Barn Festival of Arts committee and the Remsen Rotary Club.

The new truck will replacing an aging 1992 pumper.

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