FEMA Grant Gives Cosby (TN) Volunteer Fire Department First New Truck in 35 Years

The new tanker was purchased through a $280,000 FEMA grant.

According to a report from WVLT, the Cosby (TN) Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) in Cocke County took in its first new fire truck in 35 years through a $280,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The CVFD responds to an average of 320 calls a year, helping extinguish structure, brush, and car fires as well as tending to motor vehicle accidents.

Posted by Cosby Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The CVFD has typically received “hand-me down” equipment or were forced to reconfigure an old school bus into a fire truck, which CVFD Fire Chief Michael Shelton said was “designed to haul kids to school, not 1,500 gallons of water.”

CVFD member Paul Bryant said that the department began in 1986 with a 1955 Ford engine that they purchased from Happy Valley.

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