The Butte Falls Volunteer Fire Department received $95,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) through their Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to purchase a structural fire engine. Local community member Janice Schultz and Fire Chief Jeff Gorman wrote the grant. The fire department’s responsibility for this purchase is $5,000; using money collected through donations and fundraisers.
The new truck is a 1996 Freightliner pumper with 22,000 miles on it, purchased from Command Fire Apparatus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The truck arrived in White City on Monday, April 18. Fire Chief Jeff Gorman noted that all of the volunteer firefighters in the department are thrilled with the new truck, as its increased capability should improve response time as well as enhance safety. “This new truck is truly an asset to the firefighters and community. We are very grateful to FEMA,” said Gorman.
The department has been responding in a 1964 Ford Engine purchased and donated to the department by then Fire Chief Red Capello in 1964, the year the fire department was established. According to the terms of the FEMA grant, the new truck will replace the old Ford; but there are plans to spiff it up a little and have “Red Capello” lettered on it to make it a parade and event truck. “The history of the Butte Falls Volunteer Fire Department and the people who first staffed that truck should live on,” Gorman said.