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New vehicles for first responders

Cuthbert got two firetrucks. (Source: WALB) Cuthbert got two firetrucks. (Source: WALB)
The police department also got two cars. (Source: WALB) The police department also got two cars. (Source: WALB)
Gregory Fairbanks is the fire chief. (Source: WALB) Gregory Fairbanks is the fire chief. (Source: WALB)
CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

Law enforcement and fire officials in Cuthbert got a shiny new gift and property taxes won't be going up to pay for it. 

Thanks to a USDA rural development grant and a community facility loan the city got two fire trucks and two police cars. 

One of the fire trucks the city had was built 1982, the other was a water hauler tanker truck that the city had no use for. 

The fire chief says they have needed the trucks for a while and he's glad they didn't have to use local tax money.

"They're faster, they're stronger they are everything so we are glad to have them," said Chief Gregory Fairbanks. "We are hoping to lower the ISO rating, that's the insurance and everything that comes with it and we can lower and not to raise the millage rate in Cuthbert."

The loan will take close to five years to pay back in full. 

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