WHEELWRIGHT – The City of Wheelwright – in an effort to better protect its citizens – is in the process of buying an additional fire truck for the Wheelwright Fire Department.
“The truck is a 1991 Ford F800 series with a Smeal Conversion apparatus,” said Wheelwright Fire Chief Daniel Gullett. “The pump has a 1,000 gallon tank with a booster deck gun – to be used with larger fires. The truck is currently in Dearborn, Missouri. I am trying to get a couple other members to go to Dearborn and bring the fire engine back to Wheelwright. We hope to have the truck physically in Wheelwright sometime this week.”
The Wheelwright Fire Department is on the eve of its 100 year anniversary. Established in 1917, the Wheelwright Fire Department currently has 19 firefighters on the roster. Chris Stiltner serves as captain and Daniel Gullet as chief. Both men have a love of their community and its members and that drives them to donate their time and energy to the fire department.
The purchase of the new fire engine will not only better protect the citizens of Wheelwright by having an additional truck available for use, but will also positively affect the city’s ISO rating. A positive ISO rating will possibly lower the citizens of Wheelwright’s insurance rates.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.