Wendelville Fire Company Makes Two Major Announcements for 2021
February 19, 2021
PENDLETON, N.Y. - The Wendelville Fire Company (WFC) announced today that two major improvements are being made to assist in fire suppression for the residents of Pendleton. This announcement comes as the WFC celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021.
"Very shortly Wendelville will be breaking ground on a new Fire Hall and taking possession of a ladder truck" said Matthew Berry, Chief Officer of the Wendelville Fire Company. "Our Station two on Main Rd. will be replaced by a new four bay structure allowing for better response from the center of town and will also allow for the purchase of a piece of apparatus we are in need of, a ladder truck."
Wendelville will continue to operate out of three halls within town, each that will house an engine for quicker response times. The new hall on Main Rd. will replace the old outdated hall and will include four bays for apparatus, doubling in apparatus storage. "The Town of Pendleton is increasing in size daily and this new hall will allow us to keep up with the population increase regarding emergency operations" said Mark Walter, President, WFC.
Schneider Architectural Services of Buffalo, NY have designed this project for the WFC and the structure will encompass 5315-square-feet in total. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in August of this year with a completion date by the end of 2021.
The second announcement of adding a ladder truck to Wendelville's fleet is something that has become a necessity in the Town of Pendleton. "The construction of two hotels in our district, new home construction with steep roof pitches, metal roofs and homes with solar panels all create challenges for fire suppression" said Chief Berry. "Roof operations are dangerous for firefighters and the addition of a ladder truck to our fleet will allow our firefighters to conduct safer roof operations and rescue operations if the need arises" said President Walter.
Wendelville purchased a refurbished 2003 E-One 95' Mid Mount Platform truck from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus of Union Grove, AL. This truck was previously in service in Kansas and will help serve the Town of Pendleton at a fraction of the cost of a new ladder truck. "Why buy new when used will do" said Richard Misztal, Third Assistant Chief. "New ladder trucks cost in excess of one-million dollars today, this truck will allow us to protect our residents and firefighters at a fraction of the cost."
The ladder truck is currently being refurbished and is scheduled for delivery in early May. "Training will be our number one focus prior to placing the truck into service" said Shawn Christman, First Assistant Chief. "Our firefighters will receive specialized training for this piece of equipment and we will be placing it into service this summer."
With Wendelville celebrating 100 years of service in 2021 these two projects will make this year one for the history books in many ways. Wendelville is a unique fire company because they service the entire Town of Pendleton, all 27 square miles and are the only local emergency service provider for the town, creating the slogan "One Town, One Company."