SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Without the right gear fighting fires can be tough.
In our region many departments operate older equipment when they’re out on calls. Scranton Fire department will no longer have that issue.
Engine 8 recently got a $350 thousand upgrade. It was put into service, Tuesday.
The city has spent more than $3 million on new apparatus in the last five years. That includes three new engines, one gently used engine, two new inspector vehicles, a new air command vehicle and a new $1.2 million ladder truck. Before the replacements, Chief Patrick Desarno says some stations had to close until equipment got fixed.
“You need to rely on it. You have to have confidence that when you have to get out the door. ‘A’ it’s going to get out the door, ‘B’ when you put that machine in pump or put it through its paces to do whatever it needs to do, you have to feel confident that it’s going to do that,” said Chief Desarno.
Old equipment will be sidelined and only brought into play for backup.