GREENHEAD  Greenhead Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is proud to take delivery of the newest addition to our fire fighting community.

This 1999 Volvo/New Lexington Pumper/Tanker carries 2100 gallons of water and has a 1000 gpm PTO pump. It has a diesel engine and automatic transmission. It features three 10 Newton quick dumps, which can be remotely controlled from the cab.

The portable dump tank is lowered to easy working height by electric assist. Although it's primary use will be as a tanker to supply water to the main pumper on scene, it also carries two sections of preloaded 1 1/2 hose so that it can function as a main pumper on scene.

Two of our firefighters, Mike Churchwell and Michael Churchwell, drove this home from North Carolina and we placed it in service Friday.

This purchase represents a first for Washington County fire departments, as it was the first major purchase since instituting the purchase order system. Due to the amount of the purchase price, approval by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners was needed prior to issuing a PO to spend the money from our allocated budget. This is also the first vehicle purchased under the new funding agreement, which shall be jointly titled to Washington County and Greenhead Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

With the addition of this truck and our previous purchase of the 1995 Pierce Quantum pumper, our department feels that we are in good shape to serve our community.