A new pumper truck sits inside the garage at the main Gulfport fire station downtown.
Trucks like this one carry a very heavy price tag.
"It's not unusual for a class a pumper like this to cost half a million dollars if you get it loaded with all the bells and whistles. This truck has a value of $400,000" said Chief Michael Beyerstedt.
The Gulfport Fire Department picked up this truck for just $330,000. Cities are battling budget issues so the department got creative shopping for this truck and saved significant money.
"I worked with our community block grant person and we worked out a plan where we got the trucks with federal funds" says the Chief.
Chief Beyerstedt and the firefighters at the station made a commitment to cut costs even further.
"We have a lot of people here with a wide variety of skills. They've been really supportive of the department by doing what they can. All of that stuff would normally be done by a third party, but the guys stepped up to the plate" Beyerstedt said.