|Aug 01, 2012 --
Outline of Need:
A mother and infant daughter never thought they would need the assistance of the City of Fayette. However, in the early morning hours, just days after the City obtained their new rescue truck, an accident made that assistance necessary.
How Rural Development Helped:
A Community Facilities grant for $15,930 and an Economic Impact Initiative grant for $14,945 was awarded to the City of Fayette, Missouri to be used to purchase a new rescue truck which replaced their 17-year-old outdated truck.
With the assistance of USDA Rural Development, and additional funds from the City of Fayette, a fully equipped rescue vehicle was purchased. Within just a few days of purchasing the new vehicle, and not long after they had finished installing new equipment on the truck, a page came in indicating an accident had just occurred.
The mother lost control of the vehicle and it flipped several times. The mother was thrown from the vehicle but the child was trapped in the car in the safety seat. The fire department deployed their new rescue vehicle and used the new equipment to disconnect power in the car to avoid any fire risk and to stabilize the car to keep it from rolling. They were able to safely extricate the child from the vehicle. Both mother and child are okay, thanks to the Fayette Fire Department.
“Obtaining this new rescue truck really was a community effort,” said Bryan Kunze, former police chief. “The new truck is heavier duty to carry rescue tools which overloaded the 17 year old truck it replaced. It will be safer for the firemen to operate and get more equipment to the scene.”
“This type of equipment is essential in promoting the safety of the citizens in the rural areas, and we are glad USDA Rural Development could help” said Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director. “And how timely was it that they purchased their new rescue vehicle and were able to assist accident victims immediately. I truly believe this new vehicle made all the difference in safely removing the child from the vehicle.”