CORINNA – Firefighters welcomed a brand new addition to their department on Thursday.
People in Corinna can sleep easier at night knowing that their town’s fire department has a brand new $400,000 fire truck.
Firefighters said the money for the 2019 Rosenbauer 2,500-gallon pumper tanker came from town funds.
The station received the truck on Thursday and it is more than 20 years newer than Corinna’s other trucks.
Firefighters said that age difference means less mileage and with the extra water it can hold, this new truck is a significant upgrade over what they had before.
“So between our two main trucks that will leave to a, let’s just call a building fire, we would roll in with about seven guys and 5.500 gallons of water. As opposed to our previous truck which this is replacing, which was a thousand-gallon tank. Another 1.500 gallons is going to serve us well,” Corinna fire Capt. Kenny Clark said.
He also said the truck has more storage capacity and is technologically up to date.
“It’s a computerized deal. It’s much more reliable and we have a better chance of keeping the water [flowing] to the firefighters and along with the extra 1500 gallons it’s just that much more security for the guys,” he said.
He also firefighters love the new truck but most importantly, the truck will better help them protect the community.
“It’s going to serve us well, in the surrounding communities. We do mutual aid with Dexter, Newport, Garland, those areas. It’s going to be a big help with them as well,” he said.
He said by Monday, the truck will be ready to hit the road.