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Oconee County Fire Rescue held a “Push In” Ceremony for its new Ladder Truck 8 at Station 8 on Monday, June 3, 2019. Following remarks from Oconee County Commission Chairman John Daniell and Fire Rescue personnel, firefighters pushed the fire truck into the station, officially placing the new truck into service.
The truck, which can pump 1500 gallons per minute and has a 500-gallon water tank and 70-foot ladder, is the seventh fire rescue vehicle purchased since 2003 from manufacturer Sutphen Corporation, a family-owned business located in Columbus, Ohio. Oconee County Fire Rescue continues to update and standardize the fire vehicle fleet, which limits repairs and maintenance and allows volunteers to become thoroughly skilled in the operation of a single brand of truck.
“We are very excited to have a second ladder truck in Oconee County,” said Oconee County Fire Chief Bruce Thaxton. “This ladder truck is strategically located at Station 8 to assist in protecting the north end of Oconee County, which includes the Epps Bridge corridor and the Bogart area. Our volunteer firefighters perform a professional service, and this is a huge addition to our fleet of trucks that will benefit the citizens and businesses of Oconee County. I’m appreciative of the continued support of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners for our volunteer fire service.”
Station 8, Oconee County’s newest fire station, is located at 1600 Virgil Langford Road, Watkinsville. Opened in 2018, Station 8 has 29 volunteer members on its roster, and answers 30% of all fire calls and 36% of all medical calls in Oconee County.