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Firefighters Celebrate New Pumper Truck

"Wetdown" a tradition among Rockland volunteer firefighters.

When one of Rockland County's volunteer fire departments gets a new fire truck, there's always a big "wetdown" party and volunteers from across the county are invited.

On Saturday, Volunteer Hose Company No. 2 of West Haverstraw dedicated and christened its new 2012 KME Panther fire engine/pumper (radio signal 23-1500). The new pumper replaces a 1980s vintage Mack pumper.

The new pumper has a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, carries 500 gallons of water, has a six-person passenger cab, various hose, nozzles and other firefighting equipment

Shawn Farkas August 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Congrats on your brand new rig. I saw it last night It is a nice truck, hope it serves you for many years to come. Best wishes from Shawn Farkas; member of Spring Valley Fire Department
nyackagain August 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mmmm...the response times are excellent and taxes would go crazy if we paid...why don't you help.out and volunteer ??
therealtruth August 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Maybe I have been a volunteer for 25 years
nyackagain August 12, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Same as me then...so why the beef ?
therealtruth August 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
no beef there are too many buffs thats all.
KEVIN August 13, 2012 at 04:06 AM
why a blue truck? was the color red too much money?
William Demarest (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Fire departments in Rockland County have many emergency vehicles that use colors other than red. I remember when my son was about 4 years old, the volunteers at Jackson Hose Co. No. 3 in Nyack would tell him ... "Remember .... What color is a fire truck? Green!" .... Here's an interesting item on the subject: http://www.firefighter-emt.com/archives/who-said-fire-trucks-had-to-be-red.php
whatisthetruth August 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM
fire trucks are supposed to be red not blue

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