Browne and Day Secure $250,000 State Grant for Germansville Fire Company

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne and Representative Gary Day announced today (March 1) that they have secured a $250,000 state grant for the Germansville Fire Company to replace one of its aging fire trucks and greatly expand their emergency service capabilities.

Recently, Germansville conducted a needs assessment study, aiming to better tailor their responses to the area they serve. The study recommended replacing and upgrading one of their current aging fire trucks. The state grant has enabled Germansville to purchase a 2019 KME Fire Truck, which has a 79 foot aerial device, can pump 1500 gallons per minute, has a 500 gallon water tank and 1000 feet of 5 inch supply hose.

The new truck will be delivered in fall of 2019.

“Our local fire fighters bring an extraordinary level of service and commitment to their job every day as they serve our communities and protect our citizens,” Senator Browne said. “I am pleased that we are able to assist in their efforts by providing state resources and support for their critical mission of public safety.”

This new vehicle will serve as a first alarm aerial for more than 72 square miles of Northwestern Lehigh County and will increase the safety and operational capabilities of the Fire Department, including suppression, search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, while also meeting the overarching need of improving firefighter safety.

“The hard-working volunteers of the Germansville Fire Company are a vital part of the public safety network in our local communities.” Representative Gary Day said. “The General Assembly is very aware that not only is your time spent in training and answering calls, but a great deal of time is spent fundraising. I’m pleased we were able to secure this much-needed funding from the state to help our hometown heroes obtain modern equipment so that they continue their dedication to saving lives and property.  This new truck will surely bring a better sense of safety to a lot of people in this community and a well-deserved sense of pride for the Germansville Fire Company’s membership.”

The Germansville Fire Department is a 100 percent volunteer organization primarily serving 34 square miles in the Northwestern portion of Lehigh County, comprised of Heidelberg Township and portions of Lowhill Township. Over

75 percent of their firefighters are nationally certified as Firefighter 1 and Hazmat Operations level or higher. They focus on structural firefighting, vehicle rescue, high angle rescue and wildland firefighting. The Germansville Fire Department has been serving its community with pride and professionalism for the past 104 years.

 

Contact:               Matt Szuchyt      (Sen. Browne)                                   (610) 821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov

                              Abbey Haslam   (Rep. Day)                                        (717)-260-6222, ahaslam@pahousegop.com

                              Randy Metzger (Germansville Fire Company)       (610)-739-9677, rametzger10@gmail.com