Eagle Creek VFD adds new, grant-purchased tanker truckPublished 8:19pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Alethia Russell
Record Staff Writer
The Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue received a new tanker in April. The tanker is one of two grant-purchased tankers at the volunteer fire department.
Congressman Mike Rogers made an appearance to check out the new rig yesterday evening. “This is really unusual to get two grants like this, of this size and this amount,” Rogers said. “That’s a lot to be proud of and a lot to commend these folks for.”
Congressman Rogers expressed his appreciation for the volunteer fire departments, stating that many of his constituents rely on volunteers like those at Eagle Creek.
“Having this kind of modern vehicles will do wonders for your communities safety and security,” Rogers said.
The new tanker is replacing a decades-old military use tanker loaned to the department by the Alabama Forestry Commission.
Since many homes in the Eagle Creek community do not have hydrants available for firefighting, the larger tanker will help alleviate that problem. The new 3,000 gallon tanker holds more than double the water capacity as the old tanker.
Both tankers were made possible by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The newest tanker was the result of Eagle Creek’s award from 2013.
post-traumatic stress problems, and fill out their claims for them if they’ve got a claim, a pension claim or anything of that nature. It runs a little differently in that we help them with all of their problems in a broad sense.”
Jenkins said the program is free of charge, and that veterans simply need to provide a discharge or DD 214 to be eligible for assistance.
“We have a DAV (Disabled American Veterans) chapter there in Alexander City. We do not have a Veterans Affairs officer in 17 of the counties, so we just have to help all of the veterans we can,” Jenkins said. “We do not receive any fees. We work with these veterans free of charge in order to solve their problems.”
Jenkins said veterans interested in the program can contact him at 256-786-1622.
Jenkins added veterans can also attend the local DAV chapter’s meetings every third Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bud Porch Building in Alexander City.