BAMBERG – Bamberg County Fire Services will host a dedication and blessing ceremony of the county’s three new fire pumper tankers Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, provided grants and loans for the funding for the trucks, which will replace old, unreliable equipment in Ehrhardt, Olar and Little Swamp fire substations.
Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that Bamberg County received three awards to purchase the three new, fully equipped, fire pumper tankers. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to assist rural communities.
“Bamberg County thanks the USDA Rural Development for this critical funding,” said Joey Preston, Bamberg County Administrator. “Without this financial assistance, the county fire services would not be celebrating this new equipment that will improve their ability to serve Bamberg County citizens. This is a great day for Bamberg County fire services that would not be possible without the support of USDA Rural Development.”
“These new fire trucks will improve fire protection and emergency response to Bamberg County citizens,” said Paul Eubanks, Bamberg County Fire Coordinator. “The trucks being replaced were over 30 years old and posed a maintenance problem. Our firefighters need reliable equipment to ensure they can safely and adequately serve Bamberg County residents. We hope the public will join the members of the county fire services in this dedication and blessing ceremony of the new trucks before they are put into service.”
The Fire Truck Dedication and Blessing Ceremony will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m., in front of the Bamberg County Courthouse at 2959 Main Highway, Bamberg. The event is free and open to the public.
“Bamberg County Council appreciates USDA Rural Development’s financial support that allowed Bamberg County fire services to purchase this important life-saving equipment that otherwise would not be possible,” said Trent Kinard, Bamberg County Council chairman. “We encourage the public to join us in this dedication ceremony and blessing of the new vehicles before they serve and protect our community.”
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