Community effort

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Murfreesboro Fire Department recently added a new brush truck to their fleet of emergency vehicles. Pictured from left are Gabriel Parker, Brittany Powell, JJ Powell, Fire Chief Bryant Cooke, Harrison Revelle and Fire Commissioner Craig Dennis. Photo by Amanda VanDerBroek

MURFREESBORO – The Murfreesboro Fire Department has a new brush truck thanks to a grant and citizens donations.

Last week, Murfreesboro Fire Chief Bryant Cooke announced the department’s new brush truck had arrived.

According to Cooke, a 50/50 grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office helped the town purchase the $26,000 truck.

Affixed to the bed of a truck is a newly purchased fire pump, which was purchased with the help of fundraisers and donations from citizens and supporters.

The apparatus and truck will be used for woods, brush, grass and other fires that are off-road and inaccessible by the department’s larger vehicles.

Public Safety Director Darrell Rowe noted the minimal cost to the Murfreesboro Town Council during their Aug. 28 meeting.

“The firemen and sales help purchase the unit in the back of the truck, which was over $10,000,” he said. “So the cost to the towns and the citizens of the town is only half of what we paid for the truck.”

Cooke said the department’s previous brush truck was a ‘80-something model.

“It was wore out,” Cooke said.

In a later interview, Cooke gave thanks for the donations and supporters who have come out to the department’s fundraisers.

“On behalf of the fire department we thank you for all the donations,” he said.