PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - A couple of Central Louisiana fire departments are using their partnership to make community safety an easier goal.
The Holiday Village, Rapides Fire District #4 just recently got a new tanker truck. It's replacing one they've been using since the 90s.
Instead of auctioning off the old one, they've decided to donate it to the Grant Parish Fire District #5, which will use it replace two of their old trucks.
With the help of both the Rapides and Grant Parish Police Juries, as well as the departments’ board of directors, they made the donation official on Wednesday afternoon.
The two departments already work hand in hand if there is an emergency in their areas. They said that's now going to be a lot simpler with better equipment.
"Since we're blessed, we like to reach out to other departments that are not so blessed or maybe doesn't have the budget that we have,” said Fire Chief Britt Bolen, Holiday Village. “In doing so, we try to reach out to departments that we have mutual aid with, and Grant Parish District 5 happens to be a very close relationship in providing that service for them."
"We’re in the process of replacing some of our older tankers that are really difficult to drive, that are worn over-the-road trucks,” added Fire Chief Daniel Copeland, Grant Parish. “And with this truck here we'll have one old truck left to replace. So hopefully in the next year or two, I’ll have that truck replaced too so we'll be good to go."
Both departments said they look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.