DOERUN -- Doerun Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) invites the public to join in a ceremony Sunday afternoon to dedicate its new fire truck.

The volunteer force recently received $199,800 from the Federal Emergency Management Association and raised a 10 percent match to purchase the $222,000 pumper truck, said Chief John Walters.

The standard chassis truck is equipped to spray compressed air foam, reported to be four times as efficient than water, Walters said. Doerun VFD is charged with protecting all of the city plus the surrounding area, which is mainly farms. Two large gins at times storing several million dollars worth of cotton are within its territory, so the new technology is needed, the chief said.

Before arriving to its new home, the truck was shown off by a Forsyth dealer of Pierce Manufacturing, the maker of the engine, at the combined annual meetings of the Georgia State Firefighter's Association and Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs held in Valdosta last week Walters said.

The new truck will be the department's only engine. Doerun VFD intends to sell its other 1972 fire truck, he said.

Open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the fire station, 201 S. Church St.

Dedication of the truck will be at 3 p.m.



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