BOLIVAR (WJER) (Aug. 19, 2022) – The Bolivar Fire Department has a shiny new addition to its vehicle fleet.
Chief Shawn Lynch says they’re hosting a push-in ceremony at the station Saturday from 4 to 6 pm to celebrate the arrival of the dual-purpose Pierce firetruck that cost the department around $1.1-million dollars and put it into service.
“Basically, we’re going to talk a little bit about the truck, and then with the help of the community, what fire departments like to do is to literally push it into the station by hand to welcome it into the community.”
The new truck has a 107-foot ladder and replaces two aging fire response vehicles. Lynch says one they sold to the Brewster Fire Department and the other will be going on the market.
“The proceeds from the selling of the old ladder to the Village of Brewster, that went into putting new equipment on the new truck, and of course until we sell the old engine, we don’t know what that’s going to bring or what we’re planning on doing with that money. We’re probably going to use that money to replace aging equipment around us as well.”
Lynch says it’s going to take about a dozen people to move the truck, which weighs around 60,000 pounds, although they’re hoping to lighten the load by getting as many hands on it as they can.