PLEASANT CITY — The Pleasant City Volunteer Fire Department has ordered a new lightweight rescue fire truck after receiving $79,500 from the United States Department of Agriculture.
“We applied for the USDA loan about a year and a half ago and finally received notification that we got the loan a few months ago,” Fire Chief Tom Regan said. “That’s when we ordered the truck, but we don’t know when we will receive it.
“We hope to get him this summer. He will be a great addition and improve the department,” added Regan.
The cost of the new truck when complete will be around $140,000, according to Regan. The Pleasant City department will be responsible for paying the balance after applying the $79,500 to the cost.
Regan said the one-tonne truck with a crew cab and poly salvage body would be a welcome addition to the Guernsey County South Department’s fleet.
“A lot of the time we respond to a structure fire or other call with a truck that can only carry five people, so that will allow us to send more personnel to the scene,” Regan said.
The chief also believes the new truck will help his department prepare for the future.
“With (Guernsey) Power Station, who knows what will be needed in this area,” Regan said of public safety. “We also have a few people doing first responder training, so maybe in the future we will add first responder services.”
The department plans to equip the truck with rescue tools and first aid medical supplies for responding to non-fire related incidents, such as car accidents.
“We don’t always need an engine to answer a call,” Regan said. “This truck can be used for those types of calls and we can’t wait for it to get here.”
The loan is part of $602,500 provided through the USDA’s Direct Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program to nine communities in southeast Ohio.
“Now more than ever, we need to make sure communities in Southeast Ohio have the resources they need to improve the daily lives of their residents,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, said recently. , when the prices are announced.
Other grant and loan recipients included:
- Franklin Township (Columbiana Co.), $53,000 grant and $100,000 loan.
- Village of Syracuse (Meigs Co.), loan of $21,000.
- Green Township (Hocking Co.), $76,000 loan.
- Township of Deerfield (Morgan Co.), loan of $51,000.
- Morgan Township (Morgan Co.), $74,500 loan.
- Penn Township (Morgan Co.), loan of $19,500.
- Canton of Malta (Morgan Co.), loan of $56,500.
- Grandview Township (Washington Co.), $71,500 loan.
The program helps small towns, cities and rural communities improve their infrastructure and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety, hospitals, colleges and daycares.