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Meriden Fire Department purchases new tanker truck

Friday, December 14, 2012

County/Fed. funds help keep rural fire department modern

On Tuesday, the Meriden Fire Department unveiled its Brush/Tanker truck that was purchased with local donations, along with funds provided by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors and a grant from the USDA. Pictured, left to right, Firefighter Gerri Kingtigh and his son Luke, Fire Chief Rusty Rasmus, Assistant Fire Chief Beau Menke, USDA Area Specialist Mitch Sabin, County Supervisor Dean Schmidt, Firefighter Roger Korleski, County Supervisor Terry Graybill, and Firefighter and Meriden City Council member Shirley Korleski. Photo by Mike Leckband
MERIDEN - Meriden Fire Department recently purchased a Brush/Tanker truck to be used in the community.

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."

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