Bolivar County fire department acquires new aerial boom truck
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Members of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department unveil the new E-ONE quint aerial boom truck Monday that will help firefighters battle high blazes in hard to reach places throughout the county.
Members of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department unveil the new E-ONE quint aerial boom truck Monday that will help firefighters battle high blazes in hard to reach places throughout the county.
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The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department received a big boost to its fleet Monday with the arrival of a brand new E-ONE quint aerial boom truck.

The new addition will resolve one of the department's previous limitations — not being able to fight high fires in hard to access sites on the county's back roads.

The model's boom ladder will rise 78 feet into the air helping to reach flames that can occur in grain bins and other farm industry buildings.

The fire department had previously depended on a bucket truck from the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department in similar situations but Bolivar County Chief Joe Phillips said he was happy to not have to depend on outside assistance for future scenarios.

"We've been working on getting this truck for about 10 years now," said Phillips. "It feels great to finally get it done — there was a lot of little details to work out and it was really time consuming.

"It's going to feel great taking our own truck and not having to rely on other sources."

Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Quinton thanked Cleveland for their previous aid.

"Cleveland has been very good assisting us, but there are certain areas their truck can't go," said Quinton. "The new truck is better suited for county roads."

Quinton added they would continue the relationship with Cleveland's department and provide the truck within the city as needed.

The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors agreed to back the purchase of the truck, along with an E-ONE Custom A truck that will be designated for Benoit's Battalion 6 unit.

Benoit's truck is expected to be delivered by May 31. Both trucks will significantly upgrade the county's fleet.

The vehicles will 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.

Phillips said the backing from the supervisors made the acquisition possible.

"This never would have happened without their support," said Phillips. "I want to thank the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors for standing behind us and supporting all of our needs."