The volunteer fire departments at Mt. Pleasant and Robertsville/St. John have brand new fire trucks.
The two pumper trucks were presented to the fire departments at a ceremony last week held at the Robertsville/St. John Fire Department.
The two state-of-the-art fire trucks were the backdrop as county administrator Robert Presnell spoke about the tireless work the county’s volunteer firefighters do for their communities.
Presnell said obtaining USDA Rural Development grants, which were used to purchase the emergency firefighting vehicles, was a joint effort by the county commission, law enforcement, fire services and public works.
Rural Development assisted Robertsville/St. John with a $60,300 grant and $121,800 loan.
Mt. Pleasant received a Rural Development grant of $84,500 and a $40,700 loan.
Andre Walker, director of fire services for the county, said these trucks were good for the Mt. Pleasant and Robertsville/ St. John communities as well as the rest of the county.
He thanked Rainy Parramore, chief of the Wetumpka Volunteer Fire Department, for his help with the grant applications.
Robertsville/St. John fire chief Arduster House thanked the county commission for helping the volunteers get the new fire truck.
Mt. Pleasant chief Wayne Fallis said he was happy that everyone worked together to make the trucks a reality for his department.
Commissioner Brenda Holt, who represents the areas covered by these two volunteer departments, said that distance does matter and these new fire trucks will help cut response time and save lives.
She told both House and Fallis that she appreciated the work they do in their departments.
County commission chairman Eric Hinson said these trucks were part of the commission’s effort to build up the county’s infrastructure.
USDA acting area director Diane Collar said the process to complete the applications was a difficult task, but now the county has two new fire trucks because of the work by all of the partners.
She added that volunteer fire departments are important to rural communities and those who volunteer provide an important value to the community.