A SPECIAL DAY — Officers and members of the Langford-New Oregon Volunteer Fire Company assembled with the new Langford No. 5. Photos by Larry Wroblewski.
LANGFORD — The Langford-New Oregon Volunteer Fire Company dedicated its latest water tanker in a ceremony held Aug. 25 on the company’s grounds.
Firefighters, family members and other guests were joined by neighboring fire companies from Boston, Brant, the Cattaraugus Reservation, Collins, Collins Center, East Eden and North Collins, in christening the new truck No. 5.
The Rev. Robert Schober, pastor of Epiphany of our Lord Parish in Langford, offered a formal blessing, while Fire Chief Charles “Mick” Hohman broke a bottle of champagne on the vehicle’s front bumper.
WELCOME — A fire service tradition, hosing down the new apparatus, was carried out by a contingent of fire trucks from neighboring fire companies.
The big moment came when the assembled fire trucks opened up their water deck guns and showered the new truck with a torrent of water, officially welcoming the new vehicle to the fire service.
The new tanker joined a similar rig in the company and replaced a 1979 model. It carries 4,000 gallons of water and has a 1,250 gallon-per-minute pump.
BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY — Langford-New Oregon Fire Chief “Mick” Hohman broke a bottle of champagne on the new tanker’s bumper.
Relating it to the neighboring companies, the new truck carries all of the various size couplings used in the area, allowing the Langford-New Oregon Volunteer Fire Company to service any, when no hydrant is available.