By Craig Thomas
Friday, April 6, 2012 | 4:04 PM
The Haleyville Fire Department will be getting a new fire and rescue truck. The 2012 Ford F-550 will replace Tanker-4, the one-ton brush truck often called "Little Squirt". It is a Quick Attack/ Brush truck that has a 12-foot rescue body and carries 300 gallons of water along with a 360 gallon-per-minute pump. The truck will also house the Jaws of Life, other vehicle extrication equipment, medical equipment, rescue equipment, and necessary equipment to fight grass and woods fires. The main uses will be in automobile accidents, medical calls, and grass and woods fires.
Total cost of the truck is $127,000 of which the fire department is responsible for 5%, or $6,350, funded from fire dues. The majority of funding was made possible through the 2010 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The truck is currently in the last stages of production at North American Fire Equipment Company (NAFECO) in Decatur, Alabama, and should be delivered later this month or in early May.