After 33 years of responding to thousands of calls, Engine 572 left the station for the last time Monday afternoon. It was sold to a collector in the Manheim area, who we know will take good care of it. It will still be in-county, so we can still see it out and about, and maybe even borrow it back for special events.
At one time, we were an all-Mack company, with 4 CF’s (two engines, a pumper tanker and an Aerialscope) and an MC (Rescue). Our first Mack CF was purchased in 1972 and ran until 1994. Our Mack Tanker was bought in 1978 and ran until 2000. The Rescue was new in 1984 and ran until 2008. The Aerialscope was bought in 1992 and ran until replaced in 2003. We still have one Mack left, our current Tanker.
Many firefighters have a lot of stories about Engine 572. A lot of us learned to fight fire while riding it, standing up, going to fires all over the Southern End. It served us well for 33 years, and we know it will be around for many more. We hate to see it go, but are excited for the next chapter, receiving the new engine and getting it in service.