The cost of the truck was $100,850 and the department received funds from the Cherokee County Supervisors in August in the amount of $25,000.
Also helping with the department fundraising efforts was a grant they received from the United States Department of Agriculture in the amount of $22,050.
"We really are thankful to the USDA and the County Supervisors and local people for giving us these donations," said Meriden Fire Chief Rusty Rasmus.
The department has been raising funds for a few years now and is still working on raising more funds to replace their aging Pumper Tuck.
"We've been kind of pulling all our money together. Right now we have another grant in the processes with FEMA for the Pumper and if that doesn't work out we'll have to buy a used one in the neighborhood of a $100,000, and that will be another few years of fundraising," added Rasmus.
On Tuesday the Meriden Fire Department got together with Dean Schmidt and Terry Graybill of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors and Mitch Sabin, Area Specialist of the Rural Developement of the USDA, to show them the truck, which is lightweight and designed to fight grass fires up close.
Sabin stated, "Were happy to be able to help the community buy this fire truck and to partner with the fire department, county and city to make this happen. Were just a small part but everything helps."