The Douglas Fire Department recently debuted their brand-new Tanker to the public at the Douglas Christmas Parade on Monday, December 10th.
According to Douglas Police Chief Eric Speight, it took the department around one year to get the 3,000-gallon Tanker after commissioning it to be manufactured in Marietta, Georgia.
It is only the second brand new vehicle they have ever had.
The parade was the first time the public was able to see the new tanker in action, but the department has had it for a few weeks already.
With the new tanker, the department now has a total of six vehicles, including three engines, one tanker, and a bush and support truck.
Speight said that altogether those vehicles are capable of producing around 6,500 gallons of water.
The total cost of the tanker, he said, was about $245,000, and all of it came from the area’s fire district fee.
Speight explained that the town has only had the fire district fee for two years, but it allows the fire department to have the funds they need for new equipment.
He said the fee requires home and business owners to pay a flat $60 per house or business a year, and that money goes directly to the fire department.
He said the tanker will also help provide mutual aid to other departments in the area that Douglas partners with.
“It’s a big help for the south end of the county period,” he said.
He explained that although the tanker belongs to Douglas Marshall County in general will be able to benefit from it.