The Inspiration Point Fire Department recently received a 2,000-gallon tanker through a program that distributes surplus army equipment to nonprofit agencies.
Capt. Jim Mautte, of the fire department, said the forestry service was the designated distributor of surplus equipment for Arkansas. He said the agency had been instrumental in securing the vehicle. State Sen. Randy Laverty and Rep. Bryan King also helped, he said.
"It took us about two to three months to get it," Mautte said, "but it was well worth the wait."
The new truck cost the department nothing, though they did pay $14 to obtain the title and a little more than $4,000 to have it repainted at the Tucker Correctional Facility.
Mautte said the 2001 Freightliner truck would replace the department's last model, which was more than two decades old and in need of repairs.
"We'll respond more quickly to fires," he said, "and we'll have less maintenance problems."