|Dec 21, 2011 --
Outline Of Need:
In 1997, the City of Madison’s downtown was devastated by fire that destroyed three local businesses and threatened destruction of many others. Through the years, other two-story structures have also burned to the ground because of the community’s lack of equipment
to combat fires in multistory structures. Madison County needed funding assistance to purchase
an aerial ladder truck to provide fire protection for the county’s remaining 350 multi-story structures, five public schools and 25 buildings located on the North Florida Community College campus.
How Rural Development Helped:
USDA Rural Development worked with the City of Madison to provide a $387,000 Community Facility Economic Impact Initiative Grant to purchase a 75- foot aerial ladder fire truck.
The city was able to leverage the $387,000 USDA grant money with funding acquired from local o partners, including $72,665 from the City of Madison, $72,665 from Madison County, and $27,500 from North Florida Community College. By working together in partnership, the city now has an essential piece of equipment that is always on call for city or county emergencies. During downtime, the ladder truck serves as an educational tool in a fire fighter training program at North Florida Community College. “Helping rural communities provide its citizens with critical services like fire protection is what Rural Development is all about,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Richard A. Machek. “It’s important to support first responders with reliable equipment so they can act quickly in times of emergency. USDA Rural Development is proud to be a funding partner for this much needed fire truck.”