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New gear adapted to fight fires at Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara has long faced the risk of a disastrous fire because modern fire trucks are too wide to fit through the gates of the 18th century historic site.

That has changed with the acquisition of a specially built trailer containing enough hose and other gear to fight a fire anywhere on the 22-acre Youngstown site, which, according to Executive Director Robert Emerson, has only one fire hydrant.

The trailer, dedicated at a ceremony Thursday, was paid for with a $20,000 state grant. It can be hauled from a maintenance building outside the walls by any pickup truck, Emerson said.

Emerson said the fort obtained another $30,000 from Albany to repair the wooden Gate of Five Nations, damaged in a small fire three or four years ago.

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