|Apr 10, 2010 --
Outline Of Need: The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. was in need of a reliable tanker truck. The older unit was in frequent need of costly repairs and needed to be replaced.
How Rural Development Helped: Rural Development provided affordable financing to this all volunteer fire department through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The VFD was able to obtain a $90,000 loan at 4.00% interest and a grant of $50,000 to purchase a new tanker truck.
The Results: The day before the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., took delivery of the new truck, the old tanker broke down one last time. On March 1, 2010, the fire department became a proud owner of a 2010 T300 Kenworth Chassis with a 2000 gallon stainless steel tank and body. The county now has a dependable tanker to shuttle water in areas without hydrants and for situations that require decontamination of hazardous materials. The truck will provide fire protection to all of the residents and businesses in Gilmer County which consists of 340 square miles.