Five Points VFD welcomes new engine

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Five Points VFD welcomes new engine

By Scott Pearson

Associate Editor

Dedication was on display this past Saturday evening in several of the words meanings.

The Five Points Volunteer Fire Department held a celebration supper to dedicate the department’s new fire engine.

Funding for the expensive piece of equipment came mostly from an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The dedicated volunteer firemen at the department have worked for the past five years to raise the 10 percent matching funds required by the terms of the grant.

“Without the help of the community, it just would not have happened,” said Reese, about the fundraising support from residents of the community.

The new truck replaces a 1977 truck that has been the department’s sole engine.

That truck started out as a garbage truck before being converted to a tanker, serving the southern parts of the county with the water needed to fight fires in the area.

Chief John Reese, Assistant Chief Chris Posey, and Firefighters Justin Miller, Mark Gilliam, and Troy Casteel took part in the time-honored tradition of “pushing in” the new truck into the fire hall.

The ceremony dates back to the days of horse drawn fire engines being washed after returning from a call and then being pushed into the fire hall.