Friday, November 1, 2013
Georgetown City Fire Chief Joey Tanner has been given permission by City Council to seek any available grants to purchase a new fire boat.
If purchased the new fire fighting tool may be purchased as a joint effort between the City Fire Department, Georgetown County Fire and Midway Fire.
Tanner said federal grants are available - possibly through Homeland Security since Georgetown has a federal port.
The City does have a fire boat but it has manly been used to extinguish boat fires. It was not adequate for fires like the one that occurred Sept. 25 on Front Street.
Tanner said he has spoken with Sen. Lindsey Graham's office to see what funding avenues are available.
He said the city needs a boat similar to one owned by North Charleston that can spray up to 2,000 gallons of water per minute. The boat the city has can spray up to 500 gallons per minute.
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