Benoit unveils new fire engine
by Rory Doyle
Jun 04, 2013 | 1143 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department and Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency unveiled its second new truck of the year Monday outside the Rosedale Courthouse.

The brand new E-ONE custom pumper truck, which can hold 1,500 gallons of water, will be designated for Benoit's Battalion 6.

Marty Chenault, Battalion 6 fire chief, was thrilled to receive the upgrade. The unit had previously relied on a smaller truck that had reached the end of its insurance rating.

"It means a lot to add a truck like this to our unit," said Chenault. "It's been 16 years since we've had a new truck and we've been planning for this the past couple years.

"Not only will this be beneficial to us but I think it's good for the entire west side of the county. We've been running a lot further than just the southwest corner of the county when we assist on calls, so it will be good for everyone."

The body of the new truck is much bigger than the previous one, carries more water and will provide more efficient services. The insurance rating will last for 20 years compared to 15 years on the previous model.

"We're very thankful to the county for making this happen," added Chenault. "We have a lot of qualified firemen in Battalion 6 who are prepared to operate and drive this truck."

EMA Director Bill Quinton helped acquire Benoit's new vehicle, as well as a new 78-foot boom fire truck that was unveiled late April and will be used countywide.

Both trucks cost the county about $670,000. Around $212,000 from rebate funding was already set-aside in anticipation.

"We can pay off these two trucks in five years at about $142,000 per year," said Quinton in a March board meeting.

Quinton added the new equipment would help keep the fire department's rating down and will benefit citizens from a service standpoint.

"They are definitely taxpayer money well spent," he said.