Granby Volunteer Fire Department and Town Residents celebrated the newest
addition to East Granby’s fire safety vehicles. On February 7, 2014
approximately 100 firemen, residents and fire officials from neighboring towns
gathered at East Granby’s Fire Station #1 to dedicate its brand new tanker in a
traditional “wet down” ceremony. As visitors parked and walked by the
fire station they were greeted by a huge American Flag held up by a Ladder
Truck. Inside the station, Chief Don Zessin made opening comments
introducing invited guests and gave a brief description of the vehicle and
thanked the fire fighters who served on the tanker committee. First
Selectman Jim Hayden thanked the taxpayers and residents for their support of
the $341,000 vehicle. He also thanked the chief, his officers and members
of the Fire Department for doing the research and legwork so that the Town
could purchase this “state of the art” tanker. Hayden said that “the new
tanker replaces a forty year old vehicle that no longer is up to current
firefighter standards and specifications. Without the support of the
Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and most importantly of all, the
taxpayers, this truck would not be possible.” The tanker is crucial to
the town since 70% of the town does not have city water or fire hydrants.
Pastor Kelvin Jones from the East Granby Copper Hill Methodist Church dedicated
the tanker. After the brief ceremony, refreshments were served by
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