The Dresden Fire Dept. may be coming up on its 125th anniversary, but they’re doing their best to keep their equipment up to date. Needing to replace their 31-year-old rescue truck and a 28-year-old pumper, the members decided they could roll the two into one with their new purchase — a 2002 KME rescue pumper.

First Assistant Chief Howard Leach believes DRFD’s new truck is the first of its type in Yates County. 

Number 22 began its service with the Royersford Fire Dept. serving a suburb of Philadelphia Pa. as both a fast response rescue truck and a pumper capable of moving 2,250 gallons per minute.

Purchased via a brokerage, the qualities of No. 22 combined with its excellent condition made the $150,000 a bargain for a truck that would be $600,000 new.  And the funds were all raised by the DRFD members with no fire contract funds used, says Leach. 

This is just the third pumper Dresden has purchased. The first was a 1958 engine purchased new, which served until replaced with a new model in 1991. The 1988 rescue truck and the 1991 pumper will now be placed with the brokerage for sale.

No. 22 has been outfitted with all the legally required updated lights, sirens, and reflectors for New York, and sports its new DRFD livery decals. There are still about $30,000 worth of other upgrades that will need to be done, including 2,000 feet of new 5-inch hose and 3,000 feet of 3-inch hose, but it is ready for service. 

Dresden Fire Dept. is hoping to raise further funds with their 125th anniversary celebration coming up June 1, and the DRFD Auxiliary got them off to a great start with a $1,000 donation check, raised by their pizza dinners.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the DRFD for their 125 years of dedication and service, make out your check and send it to:

Dresden Fire Dept.

3 Firehouse Ave.

Dresden, NY 14441