UNION — Union Community Fire Department got a surprise Halloween treat Saturday, with the delivery of a new(er) fire engine during a Trunk-or-Treat event hosted at the firehouse.
Members of the department had previously seen photos of the truck, but had not had an opportunity to see it in person. "The Clay Township Trustee purchased the new truck from a much bigger department in central Indiana for $1," said Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association Past President Steve Anderson. "Several Southwest Indiana departments have spent the last month volunteering their own time to clean, wax, or donate needed equipment to prepare the truck for service," he said.
Representatives from those departments assisted in the delivery, escorting the truck from Petersburg to Union Saturday evening.
Anderson said the fire department in Union, IN had been closed for about five years. In late 2015, a new group organized to try to reorganize the department. Through creative fund-raising efforts, this group was able to get the equipment and apparatus up and running. In September 2016, the new group made their first emergency run since reopening. They finished the year with six runs and have made another nine this year.
The next biggest hurdle has been getting members the training to operate more effectively and efficiently. Most of the current members are participating in a basic level training class with other entry-level firefighters from Pike, Warrick, Gibson and Daviess counties. The class runs for about 6 hours every Sunday and will end in mid-December, said Anderson.