Rochester Fire Department puts out a different kind of fire

The phrase “put out the fire” is relevant here, not because of an actual fire, but because of an act of neighborhood generosity by the Rochester Fire Department to the Town of Cayce, the Fire Department. Kentucky Fire.

Catastrophic tornadoes in mid-December wiped out the Cayce Fire Department and all of its devices. With no hydrants in the middle of rural Kentucky, Cayce was in desperate need of finding a 3,000 gallon capacity water tanker that carries water to remote areas to fight against fires on site.

“It just so happened that we replaced one last year, which was put away,” Rochester Fire Chief Scott Weigel said. “While awaiting approval from the board of directors, which voted at an emergency meeting to donate the truck to our brothers in Kentucky, our highway department made the necessary repairs to prepare it for use. once he gets there. “

Getting him there presented another obstacle.

The Massachusetts Fire Fighters Association sent an email asking for cash donations to pay for transportation costs. Meanwhile, we received an incredibly generous offer from Ryco Excavating Contractor of Middleboro, saying they would deliver the truck for free. “said Weigel, who estimated the cost to be around $ 7,000.

“This type of identical charitable response is also coming from all of our residents here. There has been a great outpouring of support from our community and other fire departments across the state, offering hoses, fittings and stuff. “Weigel said. “On behalf of everyone in the Rochester Fire Department, we are more than proud to be able to help our fellow firefighters through these difficult times.

The regular phone service for the Cayce Fire Department business line was not functioning, but Chief Weigel said he had made contact.

“I spoke with Chef (Wade) Adams there, and he was upset, humiliated and more than grateful,” Weigel said. The truck, which is scheduled to begin its journey on Monday, Jan.3, will put the 21 Cayce firefighters back into service, according to Weigel.

“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed. They have nothing and desperately needed a truck. Rochester had one on the sidelines, and that was exactly what they needed. nice way to start the new year, ”Weigel said.

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