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With Funds Low, Claysburg Fire Co. Looks to Community for Help

Pumper Failure Causes Concern as Company Forced to Rely on Backup Apparatus


December 31, 2020

Gary M. Baranec

Engine number 2 sits ready at the Claysburg Volunteer Fire Hall. The company's main tanker is down and fire officials are asking the community for help to purchase a new one.

The Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company is down its main fire fighting truck and is asking the community for help getting a new one.

The fire company's 1994 International pumper truck has been out of service for weeks with transfer case and pump failure issues and given its age, the cost to repair it would be too high with no guarantee other issues wouldn't develop. Fire company President William Lightner said a new truck would be more cost-effective and reliable.

"It's a major breakdown." Lightner said. "We have been dumping money into it for years, but nickels and dimes have now become many...

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