Rescue squad works to get new hybrid trailer

Grant could give squad new trailer
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Greene County Rescue Squad is hoping for a grant that will add a trailer to the department.

Rescue Squad Chief Curtis Davenport said the Quorum Court approved him to apply for a rural community development grant.

The grant is a match grant that will provide the squad with $15,000.

Davenport said they would use this money, along with their reserve money to buy a hybrid rescue trailer.

The trailer will be half cargo and half flatbed and will help provide portable power, lighting, and air compression.

"We will probably put a 17,000 watt generator on it, portable generator, a gas powered portable air compressor and a manual lift light tower to light up scenes," Davenport said.

Davenport said the portable air compressor would help the squad with grain bin rescues.

"Having the gas powered compressor will give us something we don't have the capabilities of at this time and there is just no way to put a big enough compressor on this truck to give a constant supply of air presser for using those kinds of tools," Davenport said.

He said in previous rescues other departments have had to help the squad by bringing more supplies that would not fit on the truck.

"We have to use all of our air tools and we have to work off SCBA bottles and of course we are limited on scene with those and we have had to call other departments in the past to bring us more bottles on a farm rescue," Davenport said.

Davenport said the trailer would also help give a second source of tower lighting for the squad and other departments.

"We can use it for community activities other than just rescue calls. Sometimes we are asked to bring our truck to light up a crime scene to help law enforcement," Davenport said.

The trailer would also help keep the truck available for emergency calls.

"Sometimes it is at community events where we have a truck and personnel tied up providing light, this way they could just have the trailer if they needed light, we could set the trailer up for that and then the rescue truck wouldn't be tied up in case we did get a call at the same time," Davenport said.

If the rescue squad gets the grant and purchases the trailer, Davenport said other county and city departments could benefit from it too.

"We want to let the other departments in the county know that if they need the lights and generator for something that they need to use than we can make it available to them," Davenport said.

Davenport will send all the paper work for the grant by the end of next week.

He told Region 8 News he appreciates the continued support of the squad from the community and leaders.

"We appreciate the support of our past representatives and senators. We have received grant money in the past and we are about to get 7 more turnout suits," Davenport said.

Davenport said several past grants have helped get new equipment for the department and he hopes to get this grant as well.

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