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The Nichols Volunteer Fire Department (NVFD) has a lot to celebrate. With their new pumper tanker in action, the NVFD now has an even greater ability to respond to emergencies in their district than ever before. As a way to thank everyone who made purchasing this new truck possible, and to let the community see the pumper tanker up close and personal, the NVFD hosted an open house on Friday, February 8th.
After the NVFD received their new truck near the beginning of January, firefighters went through a detailed training process to make sure they knew how to use it correctly. NVFD Fire Chief Kevin Flynn stated, “the truck builder, Alexis Fire Equipment, supplied extensive training on all operations of the new truck, including operating the truck itself and operation of the pump panel.” Once members of the NVFD had the knowhow to utilize their new truck, they put it into action. At their monthly meeting on January 28th, the NVFD officially declared their new truck in service.
With the new pumper tanker cleared for use, Flynn outlined that the NVFD will mainly use it to transport water to fires, but that they look forward to using its capacity to pump water onto fires as well. “Every fire we have, we have to haul water to–we don’t have fire hydrants. Primary use for the tanker pumper will be to haul 2,000 gallons of water to fires. It also could serve as a second pumper if the need arises,” he explained.
Because purchasing a new $270,000 pumper tanker and getting it on the road represents no small accomplishment, the NVFD wanted to honor everyone who helped make getting this new truck a reality. As part of their open house, the NVFD invited the trustees of the Joseph Ryan Memorial Fund, the trustees of the Ossendorf Memorial, the trustees of Pike Township, and the members of the Nichol’s City Council as guests of honor. With donations of $75,000, $10,000, and $10,000 respectively, the Joseph Ryan Memorial Fund, Ossendorf Memorial Fund, and Pike Township Trust helped the NVFD pay for over a third of their new truck. Because the NVFD makes up a part of the City of Nichols, the Nichols City Council graciously agreed to allot $175,000 of their annual budget to fund the rest of the new truck.
Additionally, the NVFD welcomed the public to come view their new truck, as they firmly believe, “we could not do our job without our community’s support.” To help the citizens of Nichols get to know the new truck, members of the NVFD made themselves available throughout the evening to answer any questions.
Finally, Flynn also used the open house as an opportunity to express his gratitude towards the members of his department who handled the logistics of bringing this new pumper tanker to Nichols. Flynn shared, “This project was started by our Assistant Chief J. J. Hudson. Hudson worked out the truck specs with the builder and then started working hard to find grants. Myself and the community are thankful for Asst. Chief Hudson’s hard work and dedication to this project. It’s been a long process and there were ups and downs, but everyone involved looked forward and made it all come together.” With the new pumper tanker on the road and in the community, the NVFD has opened a new chapter of their history.

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