Ironaton VFD gets new fire truck thanks to federal grant
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA COUNTY — The Ironaton Volunteer Fire Department received a new Freightliner fire truck Tuesday courtesy of a $236,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The multi-purpose truck’s features include all-wheel drive, a 1,000-gallon tank and a Class A pumper.

“This grant gave us the opportunity to add a new truck to our existing fleet,” said Jimbo Simmons, newly-appointed fire chief for the department. “We were one of the last fire departments to apply for and receive this grant.”

Established in 1992, the department responds to an average of 150-200 calls per year for fires, medical emergencies and accidents.

“Adding this new truck helps make our response time quicker and gives us more capabilities so we don’t have to call in other fire departments for assistance,” Simmons said.

According to Simmons, enhancing the department’s capabilities to better assist the local community improves the department’s Insurance Services Office rating and decreases insurance premium costs for residential and commercial business in their coverage area.

Members of the department promptly placed a fresh coat of paint on the truck upon its arrival.

“This is one of the prettiest fire trucks I have even seen,” said Mike Griffin, president of the department’s Board of Directors.

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