For the next 24 months, the Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue (BAF&R) will be collecting donations and holding fundraisers to pay off $400,000, the balance owed to finalize purchase of a $900,000 Pierce Enforcer Pumper.
On October 17, 2022, Jake Bachman, account manager from Glick Fire Equipment, met with the BAF&R Truck Committee, President Roger Lehmann, Vice President Mark Malizzi, Fire Chief Greg Deiterich, and Fire Commissioner G. Jeffrey Bealer to sign the contract.
The truck to be delivered is a Pierce Enforcer Pumper, custom-built in Wisconsin over the next 27 months. “The truck will replace a 20-year-old engine that was obtained from Liberty Fire Company in the merger of three fire companies in 2014.
“The new truck was designed specifically for our service area,” notes Bealer. “It will be equipped with Compressed Air Foam system (CAF) which has worked for BAF&R at many fires. The benefit of foam causes less damage to the home and helps with keeping the fire from reigniting,” he adds.
BAF&R will need the community’s help to meet their hefty payment, and they’ll be holding fundraisers toward that end. In the planning stages currently is a Valentine’s Dance to be held at the Friendship Hook and Ladder Company. Details will be available on the BAF&R’s Facebook page closer to the event.
Commissioner Bealer offers his thanks to the organization’s Legacy Companies, saying, “We would like to thank our Legacy Companies for all that they do for us financially as well as providing space for us to meet and food at times. We have a great relationship with all of our Legacy Companies–Friendship Hook & Ladder, Liberty, and Keystone Steam.”
A portion of the funds used for the down payment are from the sale of the rescue engine, originally funded by FEMA. FEMA granted the company permission to sell the rescue engine and retain the funds for use towards the Enforcer Pumper. FEMA will retain an interest in the new pumper equal to the amount of $261,331.24.