MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring Fire Chief Kenny Haney announced last week the Mammoth Spring Fire Department has received a Rural Development grant for $75,000 to help purchase a new fire truck for the city.
"This will cover about half the cost of the new truck," Haney said.
This will only be the second new fire truck the city has ever purchased. "We bought a new truck in 1969 that is still in use. We have been buying used trucks. Besides the 1969 truck, we work with a 1982 Ford and a 1986 International Diesel that were both bought used."
Buying the trucks used he said has saved the city some money, but it has also cost the city some money because of costly needed repairs. "That's why we decided to go with a new truck," Haney said.
The new truck will be a 1,200 gallon pumper truck and he said they are still shopping around for the best deal on a truck.
U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Rep. Marion Berry said in a press release the Rural Development grant came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"As first responders, local firefighters play an integral role in keeping our communities safe," Lincoln said. "These federal dollars will allow the city of Mammoth Spring to continue to provide the best possible service."
"Every second counts in the event of a fire," Pryor said. "This truck will ensure Mammoth Spring firefighters can quickly respond in order to prevent the loss of lives and property."
"This fire truck for the city of Mammoth Spring is long overdue," Berry said. "Our first responders need the most up-to-date equipment to best serve their communities and this new truck will greatly improve their ability to keep the families in Mammoth Spring safe."
"This new fire truck will be a great asset to our fire department," Haney said.