New Natchez (MS) Fire Apparatus Arrives

Natchez Fire Chief Aaron Wesley told the Natchez Board of Aldermen Tuesday the truck — which was ordered by the Adams County Board of Supervisors as a good faith gesture to show the county’s support of the fire program — has arrived in town.

The $524,980 fire fighting truck by Pierce Manufacturing is intended to replace one in the Natchez fleet that is more than 20 years old. Wesley said Tuesday the truck will be housed at the Bypass Fire Station — station No. 2 — and will support coverage of the county’s industrial areas.

Wesley said that while the truck is now in town, it still has to be fitted with some equipment before it can be put into service.

Once the city officially receives the truck, the truck it is replacing will be sent to one of the rural fire stations in Adams County, which has a 10-year fire protection agreement with the city under which the city fire department supports the rural volunteers when needed.

Adams County Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford said the county has to enter the truck into its inventory before it has an official handing-over ceremony for the truck.

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