The Homer Fire Department was finally able to place a brand-new fire engine into service on Saturday (March 28), capping a process started nearly six years ago by former Chief Bob Johnson.
In a Facebook post , the department’s current members – including Chief Mahlon Irish – thanked Johnson for getting the heavy ball rolling.
Their statement also expressed appreciation for village officials in their efforts to fund the new engine, which was also supported by $200k in grants secured by State Senator James Seward.
The old rig it replaces now comes out of service after 24 years.
Photos of the new engine below from the Homer Fire Department:
Amid the ongoing closures statewide, Homer fire officials also recommended that members of the community consider working on their home fire escape drills and plans.
The same affirmations are being made by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which encourages increased caution in the days and weeks ahead.
According to NFPA statistics, cooking, heating, and electrical equipment are among the leading causes of home fires year-round.
Cooking equipment accounts for nearly half (49%) of all reported home fires, with heating and electrical coming in second and third at averages of more than 50k and 35k, respectively.
“We already see the majority of fires happening in homes,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “As people spend much more time at home and engage in activities that significantly contribute to the home fire problem, it’s critical that they recognize where potential hazards exist and what they can do to prevent fires.”