OKOLONA, Miss. (WCBI)- There’s a new set of wheels now rolling around town in Okolona.
On Monday, the fire department unveiled its newly purchased fire truck.
The department received funds through the Mississippi Development Authority to help them secure the more than $200,000 truck.
This marks the first truck the department has bought in nearly two decades.
Fire Chief Terry Tucker said the new unit boasts up to date technology to better equip crews to battle the flames.
Tucker also said the new truck will help improve the quality of life for the people they serve.
“This will be the next step in trying to lower our insurance rating and save our taxpayers and our citizens money on their insurance,” said Chief Tucker. “Hopefully we will be able to get to a Class 6 with this truck within the next couple of years, and there’s a couple of other things we need to get done, but this is a step toward that direction.”
“Anytime that we can increase the assets that the city of Okolona has, it’s definitely an improvement, and to meet the needs of our citizens who are in distress, our citizens in case there’s a fire, it is definitely a great asset for the city of Okolona and Chickasaw County,” said Okolona Mayor Sherman Carouthers.
With the addition of the new truck, the Okolona Fire Department now has a total of three trucks and an fire engine in its fleet.