Sipsey (AL) Acquires New Fire Apparatus

Sipsey (AL) has formed a department to provide fire protection for the less than 500 residents in the small Walker County town.

They group got perhaps the most vital piece of firefighting equipment last week in a fire engine bought from the Tuscaloosa Fire Department.

Sipsey Mayor Belinda McCain presented the keys to the engine to the department Saturday at town hall. That was followed by a donation of a 1,000-gallon tanker from the nearby Pineywoods Volunteer Fire Department.

The department also has a rescue truck.

“We had to have this engine to get approved and get our certification through the Alabama Forestry Commission,” said Rodney Morgan, who serves as the fire chief of the town’s new department.

The department was able to raise enough money through fundraisers such as car washes and roadblocks to buy the fire engine from Tuscaloosa. They got the truck for just $8,600 but will have to add a few things like rear tail lights.

“(Pineywoods) told us we could buy the tanker for $500, so we did a roadblock to raise the money for that,” Assistant Fire Chief Heather Adams said. “We raised the money, but then Pineywoods donated it to us.” It’s that kind of help from fellow firefighters that makes forming a department a little easier.

The city’s new volunteer fire department had yet to run a call by Saturday afternoon, but luckily they now have the necessary equipment when an emergency call comes in.

Like all volunteer fire departments, Sipsey depends on the yearly $35 fire dues from the town’s residents.

“We started out with nothing,” Adams said, “and we’ve come a long way in just two weeks.

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