Mack Trucks has donated $25,000 to the City of Allentown, Pa. to assist in its disaster relief efforts following damages sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
The donation will be used to replace the roof at the Mack South Fire Station at 1902 Lehigh St., located near the Mack Customer Center in Allentown.
“This storm hit very close to home,” said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “The Mack South Fire Station provides critical services to the community, and we wanted to offer support to the city and the fire department as they manage through the repairs caused by this devastating storm.”
The force of the wind during Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the roof at the Mack South Fire Station, named for the company, making all four fire truck bays unusable. The fire station also sustained significant water damage, affecting the HVAC units, lighting, ceiling tiles and the electronics that control the bay doors. Fire trucks housed at the station and special teams units that typically work there were temporarily relocated to other fire stations during repairs.
The station is back in service even though additional repairs to the facility are ongoing.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude for the assistance from Mack Trucks and their continued interest in the City of Allentown. Their generous donation will go a long way toward helping cover the cost of the damage,” said Robert Scheirer, Allentown fire chief.
The Mack South Fire Station is one of six fire stations in the city of Allentown, serving seven square miles of residential and industrial customers. As one of the first responders in emergency situations, the Allentown Fire Department faced increased demand for services after the storm hit.
“Whenever I attend meetings of the U.S. Conference of Mayors or the Pennsylvania League of Municipalities, I make it a point to tell my colleagues that Allentown is blessed to have great community partners,” said Ed Pawlowski, mayor of Allentown. “The donation from Mack Trucks is another fine example of local businesses, groups or organizations stepping-up to aid their city. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”