Ava Rural Fire Department took delivery last Saturday afternoon of its new 3,000-gallon tanker, purchased through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.
Ava Rural received $121,950 through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Program which dealth out $100 million to fire departments across the country. The local fire department had to come up with $13,550 as its share of the 90/10 matching funds grant program.
The Freightliner tandem truck with 300 h.p. Cat diesel engine, was purchased through Jon's Mid-America Fire Apparatus of Rogersville and was delivered to the Mt. Zion Station of Ava Rural Fire Department Saturday afternoon.
Members of the fire department's board of directors were on hand Saturday afternoon to see the truck, along with most of the department's firefighters.
The tanker is equipped with dump chutes that will empty the truck into a 3,000-gallon dump tank in less than a minute, and the tank can be refilled from a city hydrant in less than 5 minutes.
The tanker is also equipped with an 18-h.p. independent, electric start pump that can be used for drafting water from a pond or stream to fill the tank, and also has pumping capabilities, although its primary purpose is to carry water to the fire scene.
The addition of the new tanker greatly increases the fire department's capabilities to fight fires int he rural area of the county. The department has three pumper trucks, a brush truck, and another 1,800-gallon tanker.