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Southampton F.D. Looks to Donate Firetrucks to Sandy-Ravaged Departments

Retired trucks may find new life at fire departments that lost their equipment during Superstorm Sandy.

Sitting in the Southampton Fire Department Antique Truck Barn are a tanker truck and rescue unit that aren't quite antique, but are obsolete compared to Southampton Fire Department's modern standards.

Now Chief Rodney "Chip" Pierson hopes that the two emergency vehicles can become a boon to an up-island fire department that had its equipment destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and the flooding it caused.

At a Southampton Village Board work session on Tuesday, Pierson asked the Village Board to consider donating the retired firetrucks.

The tanker has been kept in storage waiting for an opportunity like this, Pierson said. “For someone like that who has nothing, it would mean a tremendous amount to them if they could use that unit."

Mayor Mark Epley favored they idea, though a vote has not been taken yet, as there are still details to be worked out.

The chief also gave the board a report on the fire department's response to Sandy. “We had all three firehouses manned for 24 hours,” he said. Department volunteers also went door-to-door in areas subject to evacuation before the storm hit.

There was one structure fire in the middle of it all, Pierson said. “We got it out before it got too bad.”

The Southampton Fire Department has also sent crews up-island to relieve firefighters working round-the-clock in hard hit areas.

Pierson noted that the department is continuing to collect supplies for Sandy victims.

Pierson's time as chief comes to an end Dec. 31, after two years in the top position and four years as an assistant chief. However, he said Tuesday he is not going anywhere. “I’m always going to be in this fire department," he told the Village Board. "I love this department. I love the village.”

Bob Schepps November 23, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Sounds like a no brainer to me so what's the delay. Is it some convoluted tax scheme that would allow a govt agency to profit from the gift of giving or am I being way to skeptical. The board should just say Yeah and make it happen before someone throws a monkey wrench.
Gramps Pupany November 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled. They have a lot of things to replace as it is from this storm and this would eliminate one more expense for their community. As long as Southampton is not buying equipment to replace the equipment donated, taxpayers should have no basis to complain. Saving this equipment for this purpose was a good idea - keep it up!
Alison Gilbert November 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
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