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    By ANA RIBEIRO
    The Roanoke Times
    PAINT BANK, Va. (AP) - Like a younger sibling who's always worn
    hand-me-down coats, this small Craig County village has never owned
    a new fire truck.
    Not even in 1993, when a Ford truck came in a roundabout way,
    courtesy of rock 'n' roll legend Bruce Springsteen. Even that one
    was used.
    But things are about to change in the farming community near the
    West Virginia border. In late December, the Paint Bank Volunteer
    Fire and Rescue Department got nearly $230,000 in federal funds for
    a new vehicle. The only catch is that they have to use that money
    soon and raise another $12,000 to match it.
    Bit by bit, they're chipping away at that, looking for
    fundraising opportunities that started with $100 donated by the
    fire chief's 7-year-old granddaughter who earned the money selling
    lollipops.
    Paint Bank's fire department depends largely on the community to
    keep afloat. In rural villages such as theirs, resources often are
    scarce and a new fire truck is a very uncommon luxury, Paint Bank
    volunteer Nick Sabia noted.
    "In big cities, they don't want fire trucks that are 25 years
    old, but in rural communities, that is almost standard practice,"
    Sabia said. He joined the village's fire department in 2003,
    fleeing the Washington, D.C., area's hectic lifestyle.
    A common assumption is that things are all quiet and peaceful in
    Paint Bank, whose population is about 100.
    But it's not necessarily so for its fire department, Fire Chief
    Richard Hale Jr. said.
    Not only does the department serve its immediate community, but
    it also assists other small fire departments in an 80-square-mile
    area of Virginia and West Virginia that includes parts of the
    George Washington and Jefferson national forests. The Paint Bank
    fire department annually averages 45 calls, which come in spurts,
    Sabia said.
    "The small communities have a limited number of people,
    resources and monies, so we do all we can to help each other,"
    Hale said.
    Out in the woods, there are rashes of brush fires and weather
    emergencies. Much of the terrain is steep and a lack of hydrants
    complicates things, Hale said. Firefighters often have to pump
    water out of streams, braving the woods aboard the department's two
    aging fire trucks.
    One is a 1969 tanker, the other is a 1976 pumper, both passed
    down in the mid-'90s from towns that didn't need them anymore.
    The tanker has a faltering pump, and neither has anti-lock
    brakes nor an air bag, Hale and Sabia said.
    The federal Homeland Security grant will allow the Paint Bank
    fire department to buy a fire truck with an 1,800-gallon tank and a
    750 gallon-per-minute pump, according to an announcement by Rep.
    Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon.
    "(The tanker) that we're replacing is getting in pretty bad
    repair," Hale said.
    In 1992, Paint Bank made headlines when stock trader John
    Mulheren, who owned a nearby buffalo farm, persuaded his friend
    Springsteen to get the rocker's hometown of Freehold, N.J., to
    donate its old fire truck to Paint Bank. The singer had given money
    for Freehold to purchase a new fire truck, so the town had no
    problem handing down its 1966 model to Paint Bank.
    But by 1996, Paint Bank had to retire the famous truck because
    it had begun to deteriorate. Ten years later, and after four
    previous tries, it won the federal grant.
    It's a tight-knit squad, one in which volunteers work among
    relatives and close friends. Volunteers Hale and Ernie Palmer have
    known each other since elementary school; Hale's wife Tammy, his
    son Richard and daughter-in-law Dawn are also members, along with
    Sabia's wife Elka. Brothers Glen and Ray Linton, who founded the
    fire department in 1968, still volunteer there.
    Even the very young, such as the fire chief's granddaughter,
    Hannah, get involved.
    Last summer, Hannah took fire-truck-shaped lollipops
    door-to-door. Between May and August, she sold 100 of them for a
    dollar each, said her mother, Dawn Hale - no small accomplishment
    in an area with such a small population.
    "We've always done the best to serve our community," Richard
    Hale said. "The best we could, and the best we could afford."

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    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    and
    Brothers Glen and Ray Linton, who founded the
    fire department in 1968, still volunteer there.
    This place is as "Old" as you Ed {and me too, I guess} LOL

    The area sounds a lot like Malahat too - kinda like Home. And truly a very kuul story too.
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    I am from Va and have never even heard of it?

    It is in the Jefferson National Forest, just about as close to West Virginia as you can get.
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    I guess the board vatoed down the bank robbery plot and the roadblock plan to raise the funds.
    It will be a perfect world when the "Anytown"Fire Department has millions to throw around for new equipment and the local news station has to hold a bake sale to pay their news anchors.

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    The Virginia Fire News magazine did an article/profile of Paint Bank about 2 weeks before PBVFD found out that they were awarded their grant, so congrats to them!

    Capt, there are so many VFD's out here in Virginia that people who don't travel a lot don't even know they exist. Working with VFN magazine has given me the opportunity to see more stuff than the average FF in the Commonwealth would even believe. Or want to believe.

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    1968???? Heck....if I'm 39 ....well, um, er...that would be impossible.

    Was Bobby still alive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJFFSA16 View Post
    1968???? Heck....if I'm 39 ....well, um, er...that would be impossible.

    Was Bobby still alive?
    I'm only 39, and I started Volunteering in 1958, at the age of 16. It's the new math..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I'm only 39, and I started Volunteering in 1958, at the age of 16. It's the new math..........


    Harve,

    They must have been using their toes and fingers to calculate this!! It may the new math there are teaching in the schools now too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    The Virginia Fire News magazine did an article/profile of Paint Bank about 2 weeks before PBVFD found out that they were awarded their grant, so congrats to them!

    Capt, there are so many VFD's out here in Virginia that people who don't travel a lot don't even know they exist. Working with VFN magazine has given me the opportunity to see more stuff than the average FF in the Commonwealth would even believe. Or want to believe.


    Box, which edition was that in? I must have overlooked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I'm only 39, and I started Volunteering in 1958, at the age of 16. It's the new math..........




    And I thought that you and I were about the same age. Now if you were born on February 29th, 1940 and only count the leap years

    Guess that would make you about 16 then huh??


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