Last week, truck committee members journeyed to Smeal Fire Apparatus in Snyder, Nebraska to inspect progress on our new rescue-pumper. The tour is called pre-paint and inspects the recently delivered Spartan chassis and the rescue body being built by Smeal. Lengthy checklists are completed, items located and queries posed and answered by both parties. We anticipate returning to Smeal in mid-late April for Final inspection and approval. Following delivery, there is much work and coordination needed to place the unit in service.
The truck is the result of several years of planning and research. A grant from North Whitehall Township will ease the burden on the Company and its fund raisers, but there are still hundreds of thousand of dollars to be raised.
The apparatus will replace two of our current fleet; a 1973 Mack pumper and the 1996 Rescue. Declining manpower and space limitations drive the change. Both older units will be sold.
The four fire companies in North Whitehall participate in a program to avoid expensive duplication of effort. Each Company has a specialty that is used to benefit the area. The Rescue truck is Schnecksville's contribution to the effort.