Brush Fire trucks needed in East Alabama

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

Russell County, AL (WTVM) -The Mount Olive volunteer fire department in Russell County is ringing the alarms. But this time they are the ones in need of help. Two of their trucks used for fighting brush fires are broken.

"It's a shame when we have to have our fire trucks on the back of a tow truck with the car that was in an accident," said Lieutenant Jermaine Phillips

During this time of year grass fires are prevalent, that is why the men at the Mount Olive fire department are looking for funds to buy a new brush fire truck.

"We usually have at least 10 to 15 grass fires a month during this time," Phillips said.

This is a time that is considerably tough for the men at the fire station. They serve about five hundred people in their area. The trucks that have been out of service for months are in high demand because of their easy handling when it comes to going off road to fight fires.

For Lieutenant Phillips it's all about getting the resources to help those in need.

"The importance of having these trucks operations is to get out and serving our community the way we are supposed to," Phillips said.

With new brush fire trucks, the job would be done easier and faster.

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