NEWFANE >> The NewBrook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has taken delivery of its newest major piece of firefighting apparatus, a Pierce FXP Tanker.
The truck, manufactured at the Pierce plant in Bradenton, Fla., arrived at the NewBrook fire station on Route 30 in Newfane in early July.
The new tanker is built on a Freightliner tandem-axle chassis and has a 350-horsepower Cummins ISL engine. It can carry 3000 gallons of water. It has a main pump with a capacity of 1000 gallons per minute.
Todd Lawley, NewBrook's Chief, is confident the new tanker will greatly assist the department's efforts by giving firefighters their own water supply until water can be brought from other sources. A modern tanker is an essential piece of equipment for any rural fire department.
The new tanker's cost is $275,000, some of which has been set aside from NewBrook's funds, the balance coming from a dedicated fundraising effort in the Newfane/Brookline community. The members, officers, and trustees of NewBrook wish to thank all who contributed so generously to this important purchase.