CANEY SPRINGS - Directors of the fire department here decided this week that their fire chief should be authorized to buy a fire truck, the first one for the newest fire department in Marshall County.
County Commissioner E.W. Hill, chairman of the fire department's Board of Directors, said on Sunday that Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Rigsby had found a fire engine and related equipment.
It's a 1983 Ford that was rebuilt in 1998 and it's reportedly in good condition, Rigsby said, explaining he found the truck through his connections among firefighters, officers and chiefs.
For that reason, and the fact that it's available because the department that's been using it has up graded and has no room for it, Rigsby says he believes it's reliable. Firefighters wouldn't pass on equipment that could endanger the lives of others.
"The problem is;" he said, "It's in Rhode Island."
Department leaders hope to find a trucking company that's "deadheading" back to Tennessee from Rhode Island to get the truck here.
Rigsby has a place to shelter the truck once it's towed or trucked to Marshal County, he said. A mini storage operator is providing storage space for equipment that comes with the truck.
Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department has $3,686 in its bank account, Department Treasurer Jennifer Stafford said. The planned purchase would leave a balance of $1,186.
CSVFD Directors on Sunday also agreed to organize a fund raising chili supper. It's planned on March 27, a Saturday. The place is to be announced.
The firefighters met in LifeSong Family Church.