The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 14, 2012

Berlin firefighters donate engine

Arlene Johns

— Another Somerset County fire department has come to the aid of a station hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

The Berlin Volunteer Fire Department is donating one of its equipped fire engines to the storm-ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens, N.Y.

The donation follows a similar gift of a pumper truck given to the West Hamilton Beach department earlier this month by Hooversville Volunteer Fire Company.

On Oct. 29, the beleaguered New York department posted the following on its website:

“We are in desperate need of any possible help available. Due to Hurricane Sandy and the tidal surge we have lost all of our equipment, whether through it simply floating away or by salt water damage and flooding. We have lost six vehicles, two pumpers, two ambulances, a 4x4 brush fire unit and a command vehicle.”

On Nov. 4, the website acknowledged the receipt of the Hooversville donation.

“A great amount of thanks is sent to Hooversville Fire Department of Pennsylvania for their great donation of a 1981 Mack CF pumper and various equipment.

“This vehicle was of great need since all of our firefighting equipment was wiped out with the exception of hose and fittings. This vehicle enables us to once again protect the neighborhood ...”

The Berlin fire department chief, Gerald Parry, and the department president, Doyle E. Paul, along with a truck driver from the department will take their donated truck to New York on Friday.

They also will present various emergency medical equipment donated by Berlin Area Ambulance Association. The equipment includes stretchers, splints and backboards.

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