Longwood Fire Co. adds $630,000 pumper

The Longwood Fire Company recently placed a new Pierce Arrow XT pumper into service, a press release from the fire company said.

Longwood Fire Company's New Pierce Arrow XT Pumper is now in service.

Longwood Fire Company's New Pierce Arrow XT Pumper is now in service.

“The vehicle was funded 100 percent by the residents of Kennett Township,” Longwood Fire Chief A. J. McCarthy said in the release. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support of our fire company.”

McCarthy did not return phone calls requesting information on the cost of the new truck, which was purchased from Glick Fire Equipment, Inc., which operates an eastern Pennsylvania office in Bird-in-Hand.

Kennett Township Manager Lisa M. Moore said the $630,000 expense represented the township’s capital contribution for the next five years.

The process for replacing Longwood’s 2001 Pierce Quantum rescue engine began in 2014 when the fire company’s apparatus committee designed the pumper to complement another Longwood fire truck. “We did so to standardize our equipment and aid in operation and training,” McCarthy said in the release.

The new vehicle has a six-man cab and features a 2,000 gallon-per-minute, single-stage Waterous pump, the release said.

The acquisition comes shortly after a task force, which consists of members served by the Longwood, Po-Mar-Lin and Kennett fire companies, authorized a study on emergency services. The Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett, Pocopson, Pennsbury, East Marlborough and Newlin townships want an outside consultant to help determine what each municipality’s fair share should be, what equipment is needed, and how to handle ambulance services.

In other Longwood Fire Company news, the company learned last week that it will receive a federal Assistance-to-Firefighters grant of $120,000 to replace 12 lead cardiac monitors.

“The funding allows us to lessen the financial burden on our municipal partners and our residents,” McCarthy said in a press release. “The money will be used to replace our aging monitors utilized by our EMT and paramedic staff in our Mobile Intensive Care Units.”

McCarthy said in the release that the new cardiac monitors should be in service by January 2016.

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.longwoodfireco.com.


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