CLEARFIELD – Clearfield Fire Chief Todd Kling is happy to have the fire company’s 1997 pumper #1 back from Keystone Fire Apparatus Inc. of McKee’s Rocks after more than seven months.
Kling said the truck has been renamed “Squad #1” because all the upgrades have made it more all-purpose, for use with more events than fires, including rescue, vehicle accidents and more.
Kling said the biggest improvement to the truck is the extensive pump work. The new pump system meets NFPA certification. Kling said all pump systems must be re-certified every year.
The most visible change is the new paint. The truck was previously yellow, but now matches the company’s red color scheme. Also visible is the extended front bumper with three hose connections, and the all new warning light system with LED lights.
Other improvements include a new hose bed, new electric safety mirrors, SCVA seats and hydrostatic generator. One innovative new change is the instant tire chains for winter road conditions. At the push of a button, the tire chains are released under the rear tires and mount automatically while the vehicle is moving.
Kling said the upgrades were made possible through the help and financial support from the Clearfield Borough Fire Department and the Clearfield Fire Department Relief Association, which both contributed $20,000 to this investment. “These funds are made possible through the communities support at our annual fundraising booth at the Clearfield County Fair, along with smart investments and money management made throughout the years by the fire department and relief association,” said Kling.
The borough council and fire company members are very proud of the newly refurbished Squad #1.