Gamber & Community Fire Company's Engine 131 has been scheduled to be refurbished over the next five months. The unit will be transported to Atlantic Emergency Solutions' collision center in Roanoke, Virginia sometime during the week of January 20.
Engine 131 is a 2000 Pierce Dash pumper with an eight man cab and a 1000 gallon water tank. During the process, all corrosion will be removed, the body will be repainted and re-lettered, new interiors to the cabinetry will be installed, and the crew cab will get new upholstery. New breathing apparatus mounting brackets will also be installed. Lighting will be upgraded and a front bumper hose line (auto line) will be added in addition to other changes and upgrades.
Thursday evening, January 16, 2020, firefighters, officers, and other members worked for several hours removing all hose, tools, fixtures, etc. from the engine in preparation for transport to Virginia. Everything removed from the engine was boxed or put on pallets and will be stored.
Refurbishment will extend the life of the engine and will cost significantly less than purchasing a new unit. The project is under the leadership of Chief Charlie Green and Chief Engineer Chuck Doyle.
New photos will be added as work progresses on the project. Atlantic Emergency Solutions emails photos on a regular basis.