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County dedicating two new fire trucks

POSTED: November 1, 2017 8:10 a.m.
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Bryan County Emergency Services will dedicate two new fire trucks at 10 a.m. Friday at Station No. 2, 79 Daniel Siding Loop Road. The public is invited.

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Bryan County Emergency Services will dedicate two new fire trucks at 10 a.m. Friday at Station No. 2, 79 Daniel Siding Loop Road. The public is invited.

County officials said upgraded trucks were necessary to ensure safety requirements were met and to prevent mechanical issues from occurring. The newly added vehicles are faster and more reliable than the older models they replaced, according to Bryan County Emergency Services Fire Chief Freddy Howell. The new engines hold 1,000 gallons of water each and have pumps that dispense 1,250 gallons per minute.

County commissioners in May approved spending $487,000 for the purchase using SPLOST dollars. Fire Station No. 2, which was dedicated in June, cost $395,000 and was also built using SPLOST money.

“Every SPLOST dime or penny we get helps,” Howell said.

The current SPLOST cycle is set to expire and voters will decide on a new one Nov. 7. If approved, the measure is expected to raise about $33 million over six years.

“We are committed to providing our citizens and visitors with the best emergency service possible at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers,” Howell said. “Bryan County Emergency Services will strive for professionalism in all areas of our performance.”

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