Submitted by: Lesley Francis PR
Local community leaders gathered at Station 2, 79 Daniel Siding Loop Rd, Richmond Hill on Friday, November 3rd to celebrate the purchase of two new Fire Trucks for the County. The dedication was led by Bryan County Emergency Service (BCES), Fire Chief – Freddy Howell, the pledge of allegiance was given by Battalion Chief Matt Schultz with the invocation given by Alton Carter, Pastor of Coastal Cathedral.
These new trucks were purchased with all new safety requirements and will help with better fire suppression capabilities. They will also reduce mechanical issues from occurring. The newly added vehicles offer space for up to five fire fighters in their cabs and were purchased from the Deep South Fire Trucks in Mississippi. The new engines hold 1,000 gallons of water each and have pumps that dispense 1,250 gallons per minute. Other state of the art technology and safety features include 360-degree warning lights, chevrons on back and front, a pump panel alarm, this alarm will inform the firefighters to evacuate in the event of a collapse.
“This is like Christmas in November for Bryan County Emergency Services and we really appreciate everybody attending today. I also want to thank my team – I consider them to be the best in the country.” Howell said.
The purchase was made with funds generated by Bryan County’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), which is a financing method for capital outlay projects in the state of Georgia. It funds schools, parks, roads, parks and county necessities, such as fire trucks.
Voters will be asked to approve a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) measure next spring to raise money for transportation projects across Bryan County. The measure will be on the May 22 ballot and the tax revenue would be collected starting July 1, 2018.
Bryan County Emergency Services delivers a full range of emergency services, including fire prevention and education, emergency medical services and fire suppression to over 30,000 citizens and covers over 450 square miles.
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