Located in upstate Otsego County, ten active volunteers provide Fire, Rescue & EMS first response to a rural community.

Unadilla Forks operates from this modest four bay station with a fleet of two engines, a tanker & an EMS first response vehicle. A small kitchen is accessible through the front entrance to the right of the bays. The department is currently working to secure federal grant money to replace this cramped, aging station.

Engine 2212 - 1992 International 4x4/Becker 1500 gpm/500 gal.

This rig which features a rear mount pump formerly served the City of Colorado Springs (CO) as a wildland interface engine and entered service with Unadilla Forks in the sumer of 2009. In an effort to get the most “bang-for-the-buck”, the department contacted the captain in charge of maintenance for Colorado Springs who advised which of the three units for sale was in the best mechanical condition. Working with a used apparatus broker and negotiating with the city for a year and half, the department finally got the one they wanted which they utilize as an all-purpose rig designed to maximize efficiency with their limited manpower.

Rescue 181 - Ford/MedTec

Used for EMS first response, this rig entered service in the summer of 2009 after being purchased from a neighboring department for just $100!!!

Engine 135 - Freightliner FL80/Emergency One

The story behind how this rig was purchased is rather unique - as the story goes, Unadilla Forks was alerted for a structure fire & after acknowledging the call discovered that all their front line apparatus failed to start due to being in various states of disrepair. After the fire was extinguished with the assistance of mutual aid, a check from an anonymous donor was found tacked to the front door the following morning with a note that said “Go buy a fire truck that works!!”. Shortly thereafter, this generic model commercial based Emergency One pumper was purchased.

Special thanks to Central NY Fire Trucks.com photographer John Kenealy, West Winfield FF Shawn Murphy & Unadilla Forks Asst. Chief Ron Johnston for arranging this photo shoot & providing background history on the apparatus & the department.

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Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli