Hattiesburg (MS) Dedicates New Engine to USM, Holds Contest for Name

Students in grades K-12 and from the University of Southern Mississippi can enter the contest to name the department's latest Pierce.

According to a report from The Hattiesburg American, as it awaits its latest engine to pass inspection and be delivered, the Hattiesburg (MS) Fire Department (HFD) is looking for help from its youngest residents to name the new fire truck.

Students in grades K-12 as well as from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) have the opportunity to name the HFD’s latest fleet addition: Engine No. 6. The deadline for submissions is February 10.

The city bought the Pierce Manufacturing engine for $459,900 as part of its capital expenditure budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The engine will be housed at Station No. 6 near USM at 3804 Montague Boulevard, and will be painted in USM’s black and gold school colors.

The engine is the second of HFD’s fleet since 2017 to be commissioned and named. In 2018, the HFD purchased and commissioned Engine No. 4, which was named “Big Red” by the third-graders at Grace Christian Elementary School in honor of Coach Derek “Red” Jarvis from Hattiesburg High School, who died in 2018. Big Red is housed at Fire Station No. 4, located on the Mississippi 42 bypass.

The author of the winning submission will be invited to attend the engine’s commissioning for service ceremony. The city anticipates the newest engine to arrive within the next few weeks.

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