According to a report from TimesNews, the town of Montverde, Florida, has donated a 2000 Pierce Contender 1,250-gallons-per-minute engine to the Hawkins County (TN) Volunteer Fireman’s Association (HCVFA), which then placed it with the Goshen Valley Volunteer Fire Department (GVVFD) in Church Hill, Tennessee.
The HCVFA, an all-volunteer organization, serves Hawkins County’s eight volunteer fire departments.
HCVFA Secretary/Treasurer Don Hiett, a former fire chief in Atlanta (GA) now retired in Hawkins County, initiated contact with Montverde and facilitated the donation.
The GVVFD paid for the cost of delivery and used the donation to replace a 45-year-old fire truck in its fleet.
The donated truck arrived with some tools, appliances, supply hose, and air packs (minus the air bottles). The truck is now being serviced and tested.
A “push-in” ceremony is scheduled for September at GVVFD’s Station No. 1, located on 1087 Goshen Valley Road, near Church Hill.
The GVVFD has been serving the community since 1992. It runs two engines and two tankers from two fire stations.
Citizens interested in promoting fire safety and public service are invited to join the HCVFA, which meets the second Wednesday every other month.