SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Smithville volunteer fire department has added a new truck to its arsenal.
A 2012 Pierce Pumper was added to the fleet of fire trucks.
The new truck carries 1,000 gallons of water and has several new features ranging from warning lights to a pump panel.
The truck also has Class A foam which can be used on house fires or chemical fires.
The new Pierce Pumper is replacing a truck that is 21 years old, so it also helps the town with its fire rating.
"It will provide better safety for the firefighters and especially with the foam system, makes it more efficient to fight a fire using less water, especially out in the rural areas," Chief Scott Morgan said. "It provides better protection to them and also helps maintain our fire rating [since] we replaced the truck."
On average the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department responds to between 180 and 190 calls a year, with the majority of them being EMS related.
The volunteer fire department reports on average they get called out to about 8 to 10 structure fires a year.