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Penn Hills’ roughly 200 volunteer firefighters from six stations are one step closer to having their own training facility, a project that has been in the works since 2015.
Bill Jeffcoat, fire chief of Station 227 on Universal Road, said he and a group of chiefs purchased a $20,000 fire truck from a station near Harrisburg in July. The 1993 truck will be used for training purposes at a facility to be housed behind the newly-built municipal center.
“For its age, it only has 23,000 miles on it and about 2,000 pump hours,” Jeffcoat said of the truck. “So there are very little hours on it – not a lot of wear and tear.”
Getting the truck was part of an ongoing effort to create a training facility for the municipality’s volunteer firefighters, headed by the Fire Academy Committee – a group of Penn Hills fire chiefs and Fire Marshal Chuck Miller.