CRESTON —Pond Mountain’s firefighters recently scored a new tanker built to tackle the county’s toughest terrain.
The new rig was purchased with the help of a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program this past year. According to their website, AFG has worked to meet the needs of fire departments since 2001 by helping firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel.
Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue received nearly $250,000 in grant money from the program which allowed them to purchase a 2016 fire tanker with a 220,050 gallon holding capacity that is able to pump 1,250 gallons per minute. Anthony Farmer of Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue said the tanker is all-wheel drive, something that is needed in the mountain area especially in the winter months.
According to Farmer, AFG is a highly competitive grant throughout the nation and this is the second time they have received a grant from the program.
“We’re really lucky and blessed to get this truck,” Farmer said.
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