Donations help Landrum Fire Department purchase gator

Published 1:08 pm Monday, October 18, 2010

The Landrum Fire Department was recently given a few monetary gifts that enabled the department to almost completely pay for a gator four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The used gator was recently purchased with a $10,000 anonymous donation, another $1,000 donation and the possibility of getting another $4,000 grant. The total cost for the gator, including upfitting, was $16,000.

Landrum Fire Chief Jimmy Flynn displayed the gator during a city council meeting last week and told council members about&bsp; the gifts that enabled the department to buy the vehicle.

Flynn said the department has been trying to purchase such a vehicle for quite some time. Officials decided to send out a letter in recent years asking for donations to help with the purchase, which resulted in the $10,000 and $1,000 gifts.

The gator includes a 75-gallon water tank and is equipped to transport both sick and injured persons from rugged terrain. The vehicle is in service now with the department.