Arpin Volunteer Fire Department puts two new vehicles into service
For Hub City Times
ARPIN — Arpin Volunteer Fire Department received a donation of a 2011 Chevy 2500HD four-wheel drive pickup from Trans Canada Corp. on Dec. 10 through a community investment grant that the department applied for over one year ago.
The pickup will be used for responding to brush and grass fires, the EMS and Rapid Intervention Team will use it, and it will pull the mobile air cascade trailer to incidents.
Through the various grants, donations, and fundraising by the members, the fire department completed this project at no cost to the local taxpayers.
The estimated value of this project when completed will be around $48,900.
The truck will be on display for the public at two events: the Spring Election Day Cookout on Tuesday, April 4, and the Arpin Annual Easter Egg and Open House at the fire station.
Also on Dec. 10, the fire department placed into service a 2006 HME 1750 GPM six-man cab custom fire engine. Fifty percent of the cost to purchase this truck was covered through the efforts of the fire department members’ fundraisers over the last several years. The department members did much of the needed work in order to make this truck ready for service, which saved the community thousands of additional dollars.
Engine No. 3 will become the first line engine, replacing the current 24-year-old engine No. 1, which will be maintained as reserve engine.
Additionally, the fire department will have informational meetings about the proposed new fire station that will replace the existing station, which was built in 1973. The current fire station is tight for space and is in need of many upgrades.
The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Arpin Volunteer Fire Station. These meetings are open to all Arpin area residents to attend.
The proposed new station would cost approximately $400,000, and the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $35 a year over the 25-year span of funding, which will be sought in the spring election.