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New fire truck for local fire department, open house on Saturday

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - It's been about a year since the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department first made efforts to receive a new truck. The new vehicle is finally in and was delivered by J.P.B. Fire Services in Syracuse.

It's worth about $600,000 and replaces a 17-year-old one.

The Toyne Rescue Pumper was made possible thanks to donations from the community, sale proceeds from older engines, and fundraising efforts. 

The department is holding an open house on Saturday to let the area know what it helped buy. 

President Dave Shafer says the technology is dramatically different from older models. 

"The seating capacity goes from five to eight which is really critical for getting a full complement of firefighters on an initial attack vehicle," Shafer said. "All the field operations are controlled digitally off a pump panel that is 100 percent digital. There are no levers to pull, [or] switches to be worried about. They don't freeze up, [and] they don't lock up. It's all done electronically and it's a much faster, more efficient operation."

Children and families have an opportunity to check out the new truck, and if anyone is interested in becoming a member, they are welcome to attend to get more information.

Hot dog, chips, and drinks will be available for free. 

The event takes place from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department located at 11872 East Corning Road, Corning, New York, 14830.


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