Biloxi finds new home for aging fire trucks

The Greenville Fire Department was in Biloxi recently to take delivery of two aging Biloxi Fire trucks.

Biloxi Asst. Chief Jason Davis met with firefighters of the Greenville Fire Department last week to hand off the keys and to do a walk around before they hit the highway to their new home.

Greenville Fire Department, located in central Mississippi just miles from Rolling Fork, serves their city and supports the surrounding community where these trucks will be utilized. The tanker pumper trucks hold up to 1000 gallons of water, allowing firefighters to fight fires in rural areas without hydrant access.

“Volunteer firefighters often serve our rural communities with limited equipment resources, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown said. “The large capacity of water that can be transported with these pumper trucks will provide those areas much better protection.”

Earlier this year, the Biloxi Fire Department visited the Greenville area after a powerful tornado devastated the nearby community of Rolling Fork in late March. Firefighters were able to see and hear firsthand what the communities needed. And since the city recently purchased three new state-of-the-art trucks for nearly $1.7 million, it put the department in a position to offer the aging pumpers a new life.

“We are happy that we have the opportunity to transfer a truck to a department in need,” Biloxi Fire Chief Nick Geiser said. “The truck is no longer being used by the department and is not needed. We were also able to provide the Greenville Fire Department with a second truck for $25,000.”

Biloxi remembers well the outpouring of support following Hurricane Katrina. With the recent severe weather experienced in that area of our state, this is just another way for Biloxi to help other Mississippians in their time of need.

Added Fire Chief  Brown: “On behalf of the City of Greenville, I sincerely thank Biloxi Fire Chief Nick Geiser, Asst. Fire Chief Jason Davis, Mayor Gilich, and the Biloxi City Council for making this transfer of equipment possible. It will definitely assist in the life-saving efforts of our community. “

News and Notes: Weekly reports,  City Council, Immunization Fair

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