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Hanceville Unveils New Firefighting Super Tanker

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Breaking News, City News, County News, Cullman, Fires, Hanceville, Interviews, Public Safety

Hanceville Unveils New Firefighting Super Tanker

This humongous firefighting apparatus is one of the largest of it’s kind in northern Alabama.

The City of Hanceville unveiled a new military vehicle driven, 6,000-gallon Super Tanker on Thursday.

Under the guidance of Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail’s shrewd utilization of the 1033 Program, his humongous firefighting apparatus is one of the largest of it’s kind in northern Alabama.

The 1033 Program program – made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 – is part of the U.S. Government’s Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services (DLA) initiative. The goal is to transfer excess military equipment to civilian law enforcement agencies.

The Hanceville Super Tanker will be an invaluable asset to the work of Hanceville Fire & Rescue as well as surrounding volunteer fire departments. The lack of fire hydrants and the frequently encountered challenge of low water pressure in the rural communities of southern Cullman County makes this 6,000-gallon water storage and pumping bemouth a real life and property saving asset.

Mayor Nail acquired this piece of apparatus in Fort Polk, LA.

The cost of acquisition to Hanceville taxpayers was zero. The city incurred only travel expenses and transportation costs (gasoline) in delivering this rig from Fort Polk to Hanceville.

Mayor Nail plans to offer the Super Tanker to area fire departments in need of mutual aid during primary or difficult to fight residential and commercial fires.

In this interview with Major Kenneth Nail and Hanceville Fire Chief Rodger Green, you will get an up-close look at this new Super Tanker and get a detailed explanation of its features and benefits:

Hanceville Fire & Rescue

Hanceville Unveils New Firefighting Super Tanker
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