Hazleton City Fire Department Adds New Truck


HAZLETON, PA — The city fire department has welcomed a new family member. Rescue 3 — a 2018 KME rescue/pumper truck —joined the city’s fleet of three pumpers and two aerial trucks Friday at 10:30 a.m.


The $455,000 custom-built vehicle was ordered in August 2016 and purchased with federal Community Development funds through a six-year lease-to-own deal.

Since 2002, all fire department apparatus has been purchased with Community Development money, Fire Chief Donald Leshko said. Each year about $6,000 or less will come out of the general fund to pay interest, he said.

The apparatus replaces a 1992 pumper truck that was purchased out of the city’s general fund.

The new vehicle was designed with the city’s needs in mind, Leshko said.

Able to negotiate narrow city streets, it also has additional lighting to assist at fires, motor vehicle crashes and other response calls which occur after the sun sets.

The truck features a 750-gallon water tank, a 2,000 gallon-per-minute pump and a generator, and also has storage space for the department’s Hurst Jaws of Life tools and other equipment.

Leshko said the truck needs to have equipment mounted and firefighters will have to train on it before it officially goes into service around the end of October.

“It’s a great addition to our department,” Leshko said, while thanking the mayor and council for their support.

“It’s like bringing a new family member home,” he said.

Some of the employees who built the truck at KME in Nesquehoning live in Hazleton and drive past the fire station on their way to work, Leshko said.

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