Local Fire Department Wins New Truck In National Contest

A fire department here in Eastern Carolina will finally get to replace its aging 37-year-old firetruck, thanks to a national essay contest.

Powellsville Volunteer Fire Department found out Friday that it has beat out more than 600 departments from across the nation for the new truck.

The department gets just $10,000 a year from Bertie County, and most of that goes to pay insurance.

The fire chief's wife entered the contest and we understand the new fire truck will be delivered soon.

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One fire department in the east needs your help to get a new engine.

An essay contest in Fire truck magazine has chosen Powellsville Volunteer Fire Department as one of seven finalists out of 650 departments to get a new truck. The department's current trucks date back more than 30 years. They get about 10 thousand dollars a year from Bertie county. While their operational costs are more than 9 thousand dollars. Despite fundraisers, they can never get ahead. But they just may have caught a break by winning this contest.

You can vote for the Powellsville Volunteer Fire Department by clicking on the link below

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  • by B.C. Location: Maryland on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Congratulation!!!! I voted after reading the story!!
  • by Nicole Location: Raleigh on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    yay to my hometown! friends and family all voted!!
  • by Jeff Location: Sumter, SC on Apr 26, 2009 at 04:10 AM
    Glad to see my little hometown won. Congrats!!
  • by Carlyle Location: Powellsville on Apr 25, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Congratulations PFD. All our family and friends voted! Good Job...
  • by Shawn Location: Las Vegas, NV on Apr 25, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Congratulations!! Im glad my vote counted this time since it failed in January.
  • by Chris Location: Windsor on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    YES!!! They got my vote, I am so glad that they won!
  • by Blounts Creek VFD Location: Beaufort County on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Congrats guys. I'm sure it will be put to good use.
  • by John Location: ENC retired vol. fireman on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    It goes to a very deserving dedicated FD!!!
  • by Diane Location: Gates County on Apr 2, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    Three cheers for Bertie County!
  • by Ashley Location: NB on Apr 1, 2009 at 04:18 AM
    That is great! I hope they get it!
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