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January 28, 2023

New Rosedale Fire Engine

Second one received in less than a month

by Anne Martin

The Bolivar Bullet

For the second time in less than a month, the town of Rosedale has received a new fire engine. On Friday, January 15, a brand-new pumper truck was delivered to the west Bolivar County community.

“It feels great to have two trucks,” said Mayor Aelicia Thomas. “We will be able to provide the type of coverage and protection our citizens need.”

Rosedale Volunteer Fire Chief Guy Smith said this is the first new truck the community has had in about 20 years.

The town has been without a fire truck since last fall when the truck was totaled in an accident.

The new truck cost $304,016. But between $125,000 in fire rebate money and a $150,000 insurance settlement from the wreck on the old truck, the city only owes $29,016 for the new piece of equipment, for which they have taken out a loan.

In late December the town received a surplus pumper truck from the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors.

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