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I am pleased to say that I once again co-sponsored the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition assistance program bill, as I have done at every opportunity in the past.
I think we can all agree that one of the chief functions of government is to provide for the safety of its citizens. There is hardly any safety issue any more immediate or devastating than fire hazards.
Before we started the Fire Truck Acquisition Program assistance some 20-plus years ago, rural areas of our state were often subjected to high insurance premiums and extremely dangerous circumstances for volunteer firefighters. The very brave rural volunteer firefighter teams were often having to work with outdated equipment, and inadequate means to transport water to suppress fires.
At that time, rural residents were paying insurance premiums under the Class 10 designation, the most expensive classification.
Because fire protection for these areas was less than dependable due to the lack of fire trucks and water delivery for fire suppression.
With the implementation of the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition assistance program, many of those premium ratings were dropped to Class 8, saving rural taxpayers money while at the same time offering them peace of mind and better fire protection.
Governor Reeves signed House Bill 842 on April 18, after the House approved the final version 115-5 and the Senate approved it unanimously.
The 2022-23 version of the program provides for an additional round of matching grants to counties of up to $90,000 to help purchase new fire trucks and equipment.
My hat’s off to the brave men and women who run into danger, rather than away from it. The least the State of Mississippi can do is provide them with fully-stocked transportation to that danger.
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