Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00
At the Village of Mineola board meeting on December 2, the Mineola Fire Department proudly took delivery of its new Engine 162. This KME pumper will replace the 20-year-old E-One pumper, which served the village through the years, responding to such major conflagrations as the Rehabilitation Institute in 1993, the St. James Restaurant, Kuck’s Deli and most recently the Getty Fire in 2008.
The delivery of this engine marks the culmination of over a year’s worth of time and effort by a dedicated truck committee. Chairman Louis Santosus worked with fellow truck committee members Don Franz, Alex DaSilva and Brian Santosus to develop a specification that would deliver a functional and cost-effective apparatus. They researched other engines in the region and looked to incorporate the latest technology while still maintaining simplicity of operation. The result is a new engine that meets or exceeds the current safety standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.
Engine 162 will be assigned to Engine Company #1 in headquarters. The members of Engine #1 have already outfitted the rig with a hose and equipment in anticipation of placing it into service.
Despite the busy holiday season, Mineola’s volunteers have also begun training sessions to learn how to operate the pump. It is expected that the engine will begin responding to calls by the end of the year.
The members of the Mineola Fire Department would like to thank the residents of Mineola for supporting their firefighting efforts by providing the most state-of-the-art firefighting apparatus. The Mineola Fire Department will continue to provide the unparalleled service that is expected of it and the operation will undoubtedly be enhanced by the addition of this new engine.
The purchase of the new engine was approved by Mayor Jack M. Martins, Deputy Mayor Larry Werther and Trustees Paul Cusato, Tom Kennedy and Paul Pereira.