"... Helping fire departments and the American Taxpayer!"
North Carolina Division of Forest Resources (DFR) helps Fair Bluff Fire Department get a brush truck to help within the growing community.
This 5 ton tanker has 3 attack lines, two 1" and 1 1.5". It has been equiped with a small assortment of hand tools and more will be added as funds become available. The tank was acquired through the FEPP program and the truck itself came from the Butner National Guard unit in Granville County, NC.
As stated by Mr. Jeremy Meares, Fair Bluff FD Fire Chief, "Within a few days of being in service, a woods fire started along the railroad tracks. There was no access to the fire except through the railroad bed. In the past we would have had to walk down the tracks from the nearest crossing with hand tools and try to contain the fire until the North Carolina Forest Service arrived with a plow. But, with our new tanker, we were able to drive down a logging road to the railroad tracks and down the railroad right up to the fire. We were able to extinguish the fire within a few minutes and averted a larger fire. With the dry conditions, thick underbrush and a moderate wind; this fire had the potential to have gotten very large. This truck has already paid for itself with its first call to duty!"
Cost for Paint/Decals/Lettering: $1,850.00
Cost for pipe fittings, warning lights and a few things to be welded at the local shop: $1,600.
Total cost: $3,450.00
Within the first 2 weeks of being in service, this truck was called out on 3 fires. Great bargain for the citizens of Fair Bluff and the surrounding communities!! Look for this truck display at the State's Fireman's Convention in 2010!!