$100,000 will help buy fire trucks and equipment

Thursday, June 22nd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

VIAN, Okla. (AP) -- A volunteer fire department in eastern Oklahoma received a $100,000 federal grant Wednesday to buy new

The Blackgum Volunteer Fire Department serves an area of northwest Sequoyah County, including Lake Tenkiller State Park. The
nonprofit group has served the region since 1978.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development division will help buy a tanker truck, pumper truck and
four-wheel-drive truck, as well as new equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus.

"This is a great opportunity for Rural Development to assist this area," said Charles Rainbolt, state director of the agency.

"I hope these funds will help equip this area with the quality fire protection deserved by rural residents and I commend the Blackgum Volunteer Fire Department for their efforts."