KIMBERLY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Kimberly fire station is gone, but the damage to trucks at the station is repairable.
Sending trucks off to be repaired would mean that Kimberly didn’t have any fire trucks to protect their residents. However, that is no longer the case.
The new truck sticks out in the Kimberly Fire Department’s parking lot.
The April 28 tornado damaged both fire engines.
Since then, they’ve had to rely on neighboring departments like Warrior and Morris to send their trucks in case of a fire.
“We don’t want to put hardships on them. They have their own calls, they have their own citizens to protect,” said Chief Brian Gober. “We want to take care of our own.”
Which is where the new, big orange truck comes into play. It belongs to the Bainbridge Volunteer Fire Department in Indiana.
They were going to sell it until they heard about the tornadoes.
The new truck means the Kimberly Fire Department can protect their own.
Gober says it also serves as a reminder that fire fighters across the country always take care of their own.
“This right here means something to us,” Gober said. “Down the road we may be able to pass this on to someone else who needs, and I think any department that gets it they’ll appreciate the tradition and the circumstances to which we were given the truck.”
As soon as they get a hose on the truck and train all the firefighters how to use the new engine properly, the department will be able to start responding to fires in Kimberly.
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