The Tom Bean Fire Department is proud of their new engine. The truck only has 22-thousand miles and can hold 3,000 gallons of water--that's twice the amount any of their other vehicles can hold.
The tanker is black, white, and gold, the new colors of the fire department. But most importantly, firefighters say the new engine will help when seconds count. James Dixon is the assistant fire chief. He says, “Mutual aid is sometimes a long ways out, so being able to show up with your own water on a first strike is all the difference.”
The Luella Neighborhood Association donated the extra money from their previous landfill settlement to the fire department. Jacque Peace is the President. “We gave back to the community that helped us in our fight and to be able to see someone's home saved or someone's life saved, that would be the end result for us.”
Members of the fire department say they are thankful for the donation and are excited to add such a great asset to their community. “We've come a long way, and receiving this truck and the department has grown, it's a fantastic feeling being able to have equipment like this.”
The Tom Bean firefighters say they are looking forward to being able to better serve the community, saying they are hoping to move into a new two-building firehouse within the next year.