New Fire Equipment Could Save Lives in Rutherford County

Rutherford County Commissioners voted to spend $55,000 on two 2,500 gallon water tanks that can be mounted to donated trucks from the Solid Waste Department.

These improvements are expected to aid the efforts of firefighters in South Rutherford County.

County Fire Chief Larry Farley said fire hydrants in the south part of the county have low water pressure, and this makes it difficult for firefighters to do their jobs.

During the county commission meeting, some voiced concerns about the idea, and cited the fact that the aging trucks would not meet firefighting safety codes.  

“Even if we bring these trucks up to code,” said County Commissioner Matthew Young, “it was never designed to be a fire apparatus.”

The majority of commissioners voted for the proposal.  It will benefit the Christiana, Rockvale and Midland communities the most.  Rockvale Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Walls says it will be a much need improvement that will help his crews in the field.

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