BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — It has been just more than a decade since the Booneville Fire Department has received any funding from grants.
Now, the department is looking to add a new truck to the station's fleet and pay for it through three grants.
Firefighters want to replace one of two main line pumper trucks in its fleet that is approaching the limit of years in service.
"As a commercial truck, which we are using now, it's only got a 15-year rating, and we have two that will go out in 2013," said Fire Chief Jerry Wallace. "So we're wanting to get one new truck if possible."
Somebody from the fire department checks online daily to see if it has been awarded any grants.
"We started the process on getting these grants last year," added Wallace. "The grants are now being awarded, and thus far, we haven't gotten one yet, but we're hoping any day to get that letter."
Besides a new pumper truck, the department wants to buy more equipment.
"Looking to get some new self-contained breathing apparatuses for the firemen," added Wallace. "[Plus] some new tanks for that and some personable protective gear, which would be helmet, gloves, pants, boots — all the sorts for the firemen to fight fire with."
In the event the department is not awarded the grants, the department has a backup plan.
With the pumpers being commercial trucks, they can be used for five more years if they pass a pre-certification test.