Escatawpa volunteer firefighters surprised with new fire engine

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - The Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department received a super-sized surprise Thursday to help the team fight fires and keep the community safe. And the firefighters were surprised, even pulling out their cameras to capture every second as a new 2013 fire truck rolled down the road.

"Just seeing it roll up to our station is just a real feeling to us," Fire Chief Donnie Lowery said.

"We never had anything this nice," said volunteer firefighter Bradley Davis.

Escatawpa's Volunteer Fire Department serves 5,000 people. The equipment they use is aging.

"It is old and worn out, but we still get the job done with what we got. We make do," said Davis.

"We were limited on the equipment as far as age, rating, and things like that," Lowery said.

So, Moss Point's mayor said it was important for the city to step up and purchase a new pumper.

"Moss Point is fortunate to have a six rating. As long as we have a six rating, there is some fire rebate funds that allows us to take advantage of getting a new fire engine, which doesn't cost the taxpayers hardly any money," Mayor Billy Broomfield said.

The truck is a spacious, shiny, red ride.

"The piece of equipment here is able to pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute. So, that is going to produced plenty of water at any type of fire scene," Moss Point Fire Chief Clarence Parks said.

The volunteers said the truck will be put to good use.

"We have made this year 240 calls, and probably out of those are 70 or 80 fires. This truck being a combination pumper, we can use it on any of those calls," said Lowery.

The mayor said knowing the volunteers can help save more lives is what really counts.

"When they have great equipment, they do great jobs. This is going to increase their morale and increase efficiency in terms of protection in this area," Broomfield said.

Moss Point Fire Chief Clarence Parks said the city is also planning to purchase air packs, emergency and medical equipment to help stock the truck.

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