Newport donates fire engine to Cocke County volunteer fire department

NEWPORT (WATE) – A volunteer fire department in Cocke County got some unexpected help Monday when the Newport Fire Department donated one of their fire engines.

The truck is going to the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department so they can better serve their community. The city of Newport says this is the first time they’ve donated a truck. It was taken out of service in 2006 but still works great.

Both departments say the city and county worked together to make this happen, and this is also Long Creek’s first diesel-powered truck.

“Both our other trucks, our tanker and our engine, are gas and we’re hoping it’ll help the community a little more,” said Joey Ailes Jr., Long Creek VFD Assistant Chief.

“It is nice to be able to help and it makes us feel good that somebody in Cocke County is going to be able to use this engine again,” said Newport Fire Cheif Randy Ragan.

Buying a new fire engine could have cost the volunteer fire department upwards of $10,000. They say this donation will help them save lives.

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