COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – (WHNT) A small Shoals fire department can finally use its new fire truck.
The truck has been out of service for months, because it didn`t fit in the Colbert Heights volunteer fire station.
Now, a new bay at the department gets the truck back in service again.
“We`re so proud of this truck,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Mike McMinn.
An error with the manufacturer made the truck too tall to fit into the original fire house.
So McMinn and his volunteers held fundraisers, got help from WHNT News 19's Pay It Forward program, took out a loan, then applied for a grant through the TVA in lieu of tax money program.
With Senator Roger Bedford’s help, the department received the grant which paid for an expansion.
“The equipment we have on it, the ability we have to fight fire with it makes so much of a difference from what we had, it’s tenfold,” said McMinn.
With the funds to pay for the project, the volunteer fire fighters volunteered their time to build a bay.
“It was a big weight off our shoulders here at the department, it really got us going in the right direction,” said McMinn.
Finally with a few inches to spare, the truck fits in place.
It`s the departments first line of defense when dispatched to a fire.
According to the assistant fire chief, this gives the community the protection and peace of mind they deserve from their department.