D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The d'Iberville Fire Department has two new fire trucks in its fleet to protect the city. Fire Chief Gerald Smith said the two pumper-trucks arrived in d'Iberville Thursday night. The trucks are capable of pumping 1,250 gallons of water per minute and were custom built to meet d'Iberville's fire protection needs.
"The trucks are replacing two others that are more than 20 years old and they'll be in service for the next 20 years or more," Smith said.
The city paid $749,000 for the two trucks with 80 percent of the money coming from a state insurance fund that helps departments purchase equipment and 20 percent from the city's general fund. Smith said having up-to-date equipment is important to protect people and property and keeping the city fire rating low.
"We responded to nearly 1,600 calls in 2014 and it's growing each year," Smith said. "When I started 20 years ago we had 160 calls in a year."
The department is also awaiting delivery of a second ladder truck that will help protect the new Scarlet Pearl Casino hotel set to open later this year. Until that truck arrives, d'Iberville has a mutual aid agreement in place with Biloxi.