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Firefighters take advantage of military surplus equipment

Grady County Fire Department purchased four tankers from military surplus Grady County Fire Department purchased four tankers from military surplus
Lt. Seth Maxwell Lt. Seth Maxwell
Chief Richard Phillips Chief Richard Phillips
Chief Chris Jones Chief Chris Jones
6,000 gallon tanker 6,000 gallon tanker
GRADY COUNTY, GA (WALB) -  Southwest Georgia Firefighters are taking advantage of surplus military equipment. 

They said heavy duty tankers and generators improve public safety and save tax money.

It won't be long before these former fuel tanks will be used to carry thousands of gallons of water to help fight fires.  

Grady county firefighters just purchased four military surplus tankers.

Lieutenant Seth Maxwell said, “The more water you can provide on a house fire, the better off you are.” 

These tankers hold up to 2,500 gallons.  They cost nearly $400,000, but these guys got them at a fraction of the cost. 

Lt. Maxwell said, “And through the surplus program that we went through to get it, we only paid a hundred dollars for them.”

One tanker at the department can hold up to 6,000 gallons of water.  

Chief Richard Phillips said they're especially important for rural areas to make sure they have enough water on the scene. 

“These rural communities that are not taking advantage of this program are missing out,” said Chief Phillips. 

Thomas County Firefighters have also purchased tankers from the surplus. 

Chief Chris Jones said, “Your normal everyday engine or apparatus carries a thousand gallons, so they're able to replace five engines on the road with just one truck.”

Chief Phillips said it will be another few months before these tankers are ready for action.

He plans to have a tanker for each of the 10 fire stations in hopes of lowering the county's ISO rating and lowering insurance rates for homeowners.  

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