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New Rochelle Fire Department Unveils Latest Equipment Upgrades

The New Rochelle Fire Department has some new tools to help keep the community safe.
The New Rochelle Fire Department has some new tools to help keep the community safe. Photo Credit: Contributed
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder.
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder. Photo Credit: Contributed
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder.
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder. Photo Credit: Contributed
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder.
New Rochelle Fire Department has a new tower ladder. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Firefighters in New Rochelle have some new toys to use as they continue to keep the community safe.

The New Rochelle Fire Department unveiled three new fire apparatus this week, brand new two new pumpers and a tower ladder.

“The two pumpers are each equipped with a 2000 gpm two-stage pump and carry 500 gallons of water," New Rochelle Fire Chief Lou DiMeglio said. "Their pumps make them suitable for service in commercial districts with taller buildings.”

The new equipment is equipped with computers and GPS and have LED lights that are brighter and more economical than those that are used in older apparatus. The new equipment replaces a 2004 and 2005 American LaFrance pumper, which is out of business and difficult and “all but impossible” to repair.

According to officials, the new 2017 Spartan ERV 100-foot tower ladder will be housed at Station 1 on Harrison Street, with the ability to carry 300 gallons of water. It replaces Ladder 11, which was purchased nearly two decades ago.

The equipment cost a total of $2.44 million - $620,000 for each pumper and $1.2 million for the tower ladder. New Rochelle Fire Capt. Barry Nechis managed the purchase.

“This investment of over $2 million is part of our ongoing commitment to upgrade our essential equipment through our Capital Improvement Program,” New Rochelle City Manager Chuck Strome stated. “Now with our adopted 10-year capital plan, we will be able to replace other aging pieces in the years to come.”

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