Local fire companies help Gregg Township save hundreds of thousands of dollars

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The Gregg Township Volunteer Fire Department was given a donated water pumper to help them have the equipment they need, to save lives.  But it wasn’t the first donation they were given.

In January, Gregg Township firefighters were at a fire, trying get water from their pumper…it wasn’t working.

Scott Breon, Chief for the Gregg Township Volunteer Fire Company says they took it in to be repaired.
Port Matilda donated their water pumper to Gregg Township, but when firefighters practiced using it, there was an accident.
 

They were pumping water and the truck actually managed to get itself into gear, and it ran away from the guys outside trying to pump, Breon, said.  Luckily no one was injured, it did some damage to a utility pole and it tore the door off of our newly donated engine.
 

Still, without a pumper Gregg Township had to use a special unit which only held 300 gallons of water, instead of the 1,000 they needed.
That’s when Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Department donated their pumper, free of charge.
 
We were helped when we were in a time of need, so we wanted to give back to help another fire company, Tyler Kitner, Vice president for the Nittany Volunteer Fire Company, said.
 
Breon says it’s great to see how small rural volunteer fire companies in Central PA work together.
 
Getting two fire engines donated within two months is really unheard of, Breon said.  It just goes to show Centre County firefighters are a brotherhood, they really help each other out.
 
He says the fire companies saved them from spending at least $150,000 on a used pumper.
 
Breon says they hope to get the water pumper engine donated to them from Port Matilda back from repairs by July.  This gives them two water pumpers to hold them down until they get a grant to buy a new one.
 

 

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