HAZLETON, PA — The city fire department has welcomed a new family member. Rescue 3 — a 2018 KME rescue/pumper truck —joined the city’s fleet of three pumpers and two aerial trucks Friday at 10:30 a.m.
The $455,000 custom-built vehicle was ordered in August 2016 and purchased with federal Community Development funds through a six-year lease-to-own deal.
Since 2002, all fire department apparatus has been purchased with Community Development money, Fire Chief Donald Leshko said. Each year about $6,000 or less will come out of the general fund to pay interest, he said.
The apparatus replaces a 1992 pumper truck that was purchased out of the city’s general fund.