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A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

By DARIN SMITH, Correspondent | February 20, 2022 | PENNSYLVANIA

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A Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

LAWRENCEVILLE, PA - On July 27, 2019, the tones went off for the Lawrenceville Fire Dept. for the worst thing any fire company can imagine; a dispatch to their own station for a working structure fire. The fire started in the first bay at one end of the building and worked its way across the length of the building. Most apparatus had some damage and were either totaled or sold off. On top of all this, by the time they were preparing to rebuild, the pandemic had started and building material costs had skyrocketed.

Fortunately, the department found property just south of town that had 2 buildings with 5 garage bays large enough for fire apparatus to be housed. The new fleet consists of Patrol 8-4, a 1977 Dodge Power Wagon/American LaFrance 250/250, which was saved from the fire. Engine 8-2, a 2007 Pierce Sabre 1250/1000 was purchased through a dealership and originally saw service in Texas. Engine 8-3, a 2014 Pierce Arrow XT 1500/500/50' Squirt was acquired from Virginia Beach, VA. Utility 8-18 is a 2020 Dodge 2500 purchased new after the fire. Tanker 8-5 is a 1999 Freightliner FL/New Lexington 500/2000 purchased from Gaines Mills, NY. (Sadly, the door was not working on the tanker bay, so I missed out on photos of it.)

Special thanks to Assistant Chief Joe Griswold for taking time to move apparatus around for photos.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.