DANVILLE — Local sports teams that win championships will lose in a parade with a fire truck until diesel fuel prices drop.
Danville Fire Chief John Buckenberger said on Tuesday it was just too expensive with prices so high.
Local diesel fuel prices soared to over $6 a gallon.
“These big trucks only do four to five miles per gallon,” Buckenberger said. “We just have to brake for now.”
That means the Danville women’s lacrosse team, which won the Class 2A District 4/6 title on Monday night, needs to find another way to celebrate.
Buckenberger said the department led the parades for a variety of sports teams, including Little League, basketball, baseball, “every sport they have.”
The chief said the firefighters do the parades if the crews ask for them.
He said each of the four fire companies in the borough fire department receives an allocation of $4,500 per year from the borough.
“But it’s not just for fuel,” he said.
He said businesses can also use the money to purchase equipment.
He didn’t immediately have a number on the department’s fuel expenditures.
Mahoning Township East End Fire Company Fire Chief Leslie Young said the township company usually takes part in sports team parades and will now do so if they resume.
“We usually get invited because the kids from Mahoning Township go to Danville,” Young said.
She said the fire company has a fuel budget of about $2,000 a year, but it’s not paid for by taxpayers’ money.
“It’s our social room profits,” Young said.
She said, however, that the department monitors its trucks’ fuel gauges to be ready in case of an emergency.
“We don’t let our trucks go below three-quarters of a tank,” Young said.
The fire company spent $103 on a quarter tank of diesel fuel on Wednesday, she said.
Local fire companies are still planning to participate in the Memorial Day Parade in Danville.