Danbury says good-bye to 2 volunteer fire engines
DANBURY — Germantown volunteer firefighters recently said good-bye to two engines as part of a plan to consolidate four of the city’s 12 volunteer fire companies.
Danbury has a combination fire department comprised of paid firefighters and volunteers, with five career and a dozen volunteer stations spread across the city.
Dwindling numbers of volunteers has forced fire companies to consider how to more effectively use their equipment and coordinate firefighters, while improving response.
Germantown Volunteer Fire Company No. 10 has been working with Beaver Brook Volunteer Fire Company No. 11, Padanaram Hose Company No. 3 and Water Witch Hose Company No. 7 to consolidate into one battalion.
“As part of us combining our efforts, we are sad to announce that we had to downsize our firetruck family,” the Germantown Volunteer Fire Company announced Monday.
An engine/tanker and rescue truck housed at the 36 Germantown Road station were recently sold to fire companies in Kentucky and Alabama.
The tanker unfortunately “had an accident” on its way to Kentucky and was “no longer usable to the new company,” according to the Germantown company.
The company said it will continue to serve the community with its 2008 engine/tanker, and thanked the community for its support.