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New Fire Trailer Allows for Effective Emergency Response -- Dedication on Jan. 25

by Charlotte Clark
Mon, Jan 22nd 2018 10:00 am

(January 22, 2018) Youngstown, N.Y. – Old Fort Niagara, the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department, Niagara County Legislator Clyde Burmaster, and NYS Assemblyman Mike Norris will dedicate a new fire trailer at Old Fort Niagara with brief remarks on Thursday, January 25, at 11 a.m. The trailer has been custom-built to fit through the narrow gateways at the historic site, which allows fire-fighting personnel to access the fort in an emergency in a way they could not do before.


Media Briefing and Photo Opportunity

Thursday, January 25, 11 a.m.

Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, N.Y. (in Fort Niagara State Park)

Enter through Visitor Center or contact us to make special arrangements

  • Interview the parties involved in developing the new fire-fighting trailer
  • Photo opportunities of the new trailer in the historic site


Background Information

Members of the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department and Niagara County Legislator Clyde Burmaster have been working with Old Fort Niagara for several years to address a fire-fighting accessibility problem at the historic site. The result: a trailer that is equipped with a dry hydrant, generator, hoses, nozzles, lights and ladders and can be pulled through the fort’s Postern Gate by a pickup truck.


“Old Fort Niagara’s 19th-century gates were designed when horses and wagons were the primary mode of transportation,” said Robert Emerson, Executive Director of the Old Fort Niagara Association. “Today, these narrow gateways prevent modern fire trucks from getting into the fort, which could be disastrous in a fire for certain buildings, like the 1726 French Castle. The new trailer has been designed to fit through these tighter spots, which means that our local fire department can respond effectively in an emergency.”



Funding for the trailer was provided by a special grant through the New York State Assembly, announced by Assemblyman Mike Norris, and administered by the New York State Office of Historic Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


“This trailer addresses a concern that we’ve shared with our local fire department for some time. We are grateful for their involvement in coming up with a solution and for the funding from the New York State Assembly,” Mr. Emerson added. “The completion of this project helps ensure that the priceless 18th-century buildings inside the fort are better protected from the threat of fire.”

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