by Lisa Tome
Singerly fire company's members are ready to show off their new apparatus.
The company recently took delivery of both a heavy rescue and an ambulance. Members of the community will get the chance to see both pieces before they are officially put in service.
The new heavy rescue and ambulance will be part of the Atlantic Emergency Solutions Regional Apparatus Showcase set for Saturday, September 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main and North streets in Elkton's downtown.
David Meaders, a past chief of the company and apparatus committee chair, talked about the 2015 Pierce heavy rescue.
"We want to show it to the community. This is your tax dollars," said Meaders. The new rescue won't be in service for about another month. It replaces a 1995 rescue. Meaders explained the features of the new piece which include state of the art technology and expanded capabilities. It is a walk-in model and also has rehab in the rear. "It is state of the art. This is some of the newest technology on the market," he said.
The cab also has advanced safety features designed to protect the crew of eight. It has airbags; both side and side curtain, as well as a black box and anti-roll protection. The rescue is a 10 wheel model. It is 41 feet long and nearly 12 feet high. It took the committee two years of planning for the new rescue. It then took more than a year for it to be built.
Meaders said the new apparatus has generated a lot of excitement within the company. "It's like a kid getting a new present at Christmas time," he said.
Fire Chief Michele Ewing agreed. "When we took delivery, 30 or 40 members showed up to see it," she said. The heavy rescue cost $935,000. Of that amount, $225,000 came from the county's apparatus replacement assistance program. Singerly is also selling it's 1995 rescue to offset the cost. Singerly also has a new 2015 Dodge Road Rescue ambulance. The ambulance features an auto load stretcher system. Meaders said that several local fire companies have been invited to the showcase including Rising Sun, Perryville, Union of Oxford, Pa., West Grove, Pa., Aetna of Newark, Del., and Middletown, Del. As many as 30 units are expected to turn out.
The apparatus show is just one of the September 12 Elkton events which will make the town a busy place on that day.
Walkers will get the day started by participating in the "Out of the Darkness" Community Walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The walk steps off from Howard and Bow streets. This fundraiser supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's local and national programs. The goal is to raise awareness about suicide and reduce the suicide rate by one fifth by 2025.
Historic Elk Landing will host A Taste of History, wine and hors d'oeuvres event from 3-5 p.m. The wine is provided by State Line Liquors. The light fare is from Minihane's. For tickets and more information regarding this event call Pat at 443-350-9415.
The members and volunteers of Elkton VFW Post 8175 will host a carnival and membership drive that date at 208 West High Street. Proceeds from the carnival will support the post's VA hospital initiatives. The carnival will run from noon until 6 p.m.