The Whitehall Township Bureau of Fire will donate a retired fire engine to a volunteer fire company in central eastern Alabama ravaged last spring by a tornado.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the donation at its Monday night meeting.
According to Whitehall Fire Chief David Nelson, the 1990 Mack special edition fire engine placed out of service three years ago will be transported to the Shinbone Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Delta, Alabama. The department lost all of its firefighting equipment due to a sudden and severe tornado which raised the fire station to the ground. He noted a comparable fire engine manufactured today would cost approximately $650,000.
Nelson also mentioned that additional firefighting equipment and apparatus donations have hailed from other parts of Pennsylvania, in addition to New Jersey, Tennessee, and other locations.