St. Tammany’s (LA) Fire District Gets New Fire Apparatus

St. Tammany Parish’s 9th Fire Protection District has two new fire trucks, thanks to a $310,000 grant.

The northern St. Tammany department, whose district includes the Bush and Sun areas, bought a new 2016 fire engine and a reconditioned 2005 tanker truck, according to a news release. The department will hold a ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. to dedicate the equipment.

The department also now has a Humvee that was purchased for the department by a citizen and was reconditioned by the Sheriff’s Office through an interagency agreement at no cost to the taxpayers, Fire Chief Scott Brewer said. It will be used as an emergency response vehicle for search and rescue and as a recruitment vehicle for the department’s Youth Fire Corps.

The two trucks were paid for by an AFG grant, and the department had to put up a 5  percent share, Brewer said. The department sold old vehicles that needed replacing in order to raise the 5 percent, he said.

The department also learned it will receive another grant of $200,000 to buy 20 air tanks for firefighters, Brewer said. Twenty-five new sets of bunker gear also will be purchased.

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