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Neighbors Lent Ladder Trucks to Keep the Hagerstown Fire Department up to Speed

The Hagerstown Fire Department is down three full-time positions and out both of its ladder trucks for repairs; but two very different neighbors stepped up to the plate to bring the department up back up to speed.

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Hagerstown Fire Department is down three full-time positions and out both of its ladder trucks for repairs; but two very different neighbors stepped up to the plate to bring the department up back up to speed.

"This hasn't happened since the 1970's," said Adam Hopkins, captain with the Hagerstown Fire Department.

The Frederick County Citizens Truck Company lent a ladder truck to Hagerstown, as well as the antique collector, William Adams, from Willow Hill, Pennsylvania, who's lending his truck for free as long as it passes its aerial ladder test.


"We're still able to meet all of our calls that come in. We were just out this morning training three hours with the Frederick County truck. We know all its little quirks, so we're able to function with it should we get a fire," said Hopkins.

Meanwhile, the fire department says it's normal to rely on mutual back-up from neighboring companies, like Halfway, Longmeadow, Boonsboro and Williamsport who are the only Washington County departments with ladder trucks. 

"It's like a tight-knit family, everybody gets along with everybody. We try to make everybody better as a whole by finding our weak points and making it better as we go," said Corey Sprecher, Hagerstown firefighter. 


Hagerstown firefighters say it takes a special fire inside of you to take on this career.

"To say it takes a different breed is an understatement: it takes someone who has strong moral and ethical background, somebody who believes in themselves, but also is willing to take constructive criticism and learn from mistakes and move past them," said Craig Dofflemyer, Hagerstown firefighter.


"This is my hometown, this is where my roots are and I don't see myself going anywhere else," said Sprecher. 

And like they said, they're not going anywhere.

The Hagerstown Fire Department says their ladder trucks are out for maneuverability repairs. The trucks are being repaired in-house by city employees and expect one truck to be back by the end of the week. 

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