According to a report from WLDS, the Roodhouse (IL) Fire Department (RFD) is expected to receive a new, state-of-the-art rescue truck in September thanks to a $40,5000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a little aid from 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis.
The new 2021 Dodge Ram 5500 4×4 Crew Cab truck will replace the RFD’s current rescue truck, which has been in service since 1983. RFD Chief Terry Hopkins said the older truck is still working but is no longer cost effective to keep up the maintenance. He says the RFD will place the classic rescue truck for bid to help offset some of the new vehicle’s cost. Hopkins also said the new rescue will help aid the RFD in the 250-275 medical calls the department responds to annually.
In January, Davis announced that the RFD received the grant from the Community Facility Disaster Grants program through the USDA Rural Development. The new truck will cost $115,900, with a commercial loan for $75,400 being made to the RFD alongside the grant to complete the purchase.
Hopkins said the RFD will face a delay in getting the truck on the road, stating that it will take until September or perhaps even early October for the RFD to take receipt of the vehicle. He also said it has taken the RFD a year’s worth of effort to secure the rescue truck.
Hopkins says that Roodhouse Police Chief Kyle Robison was instrumental in informing the RFD about the USDA grant. Robison has used the grant to purchase squad cars in the past.