Volunteer firefighters unveil new tanker in Oriskany

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ORISKANY —While the Oriskany Volunteer Fire Department works to secure a new fire station, they have also welcomed a new fire truck to their fleet.

Fire Chief Jeffrey Burkhart said their new 2019 Rosenbauer tanker/pumper will fill a much-needed hole in their fleet.

“We don’t have a tanker anymore,” Burkhart said. The department’s previous tanker truck was put out of service back in 2012 due to age.

The new truck is nicknamed “Bobby Boucher” after the main character in the 1998 Adam Sandler movie “The Waterboy.” The volunteers welcomed the truck to their fleet Friday night with a ceremony of washing it down, then physically pushing it into their fire station.

The new tanker truck carries 2,500 gallons of water, which can either be used directly at the scene of a fire, or can be used to move water from a nearby fill site to portable ponds set up at the fire scene. This is necessary when there are no nearby hydrants available.

The new lime green tanker has a 2018 Kenworth chassis, two electric side dumps, one electric opening rear swivel dump, a pre-piped removable deck gun, a ladder compliment and many other technical details.

“This will be available not only for us, but for our neighboring departments,” Burkhart said. Oriskany had been relying on other mutual aid departments for tanker and pumper services.

The new truck cost roughly $326,000 and was budgeted through the Village of Oriskany, officials said. The department will now have a compliment of six fire trucks, serving about 56 volunteers.

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