The Georgetown Fire Department along with State Rep. Carl Anderson, city dignitaries and citizens dedicated a new 78-foot ladder truck during a ceremony July 30.

“We are ready to put it in service and actually get it out to the citizens that helped us get it,” Fire Chief Charlie Cribb said.

State Rep. Anderson commended Chief Cribb and the rest of his department for the hard work they do in keeping citizens both in the city and county safe.

“The city of Georgetown has an A1 rating because of the goodness of you and what you do here,” he said.

State Rep. Anderson thanked the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments for their hard work in securing a CDBG Community Enrichment $500,000 grant for the fire truck and the city of Georgetown who helped with the rest of the funds.

“They took the time in putting the grant in and doing all of the paperwork,” State Rep. Anderson said. “This truck just didn’t drop into Georgetown. It took a lot of going back and forth to get it done. It’s all for the people of the city and county.”

He also thanked city of Georgetown and staff who helped to put the rest of money in to complete the purchase.

After speeches were over, everyone gathered by joining hands in prayer as State Rep. Anderson said a prayer blessing the fire truck.

“This truck, if you don’t have God in it and with us, we are not going to be successful,” Chief Cribb said before the prayer.

The ceremony concluded with a ceremonial wet down with the attendees placing their hands on the truck and saying, “It is sprinkled with Holy water.” All firefighters then participated in the signature event: the push-in to its parking spot inside the bay of the firehouse.

Chief Cribb said the new ladder truck will be a great benefit to the city of Georgetown.

“One of the biggest benefits is the height of the ladder,” he said. “Our town is known for its oak tree canopy. That presents some challenges. This truck was designed with that in mind.”