D’IBERVILLE was able to buy two new fire pumpers this year, thanks in part to revenue generated by the new Scarlet Pearl Casino, and on Thursday Chief Gerald Smith donated one of the trucks being replaced to the Diamondhead Fire Department.
“We’ve had it since it was new,” Smith told Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson as he presented him with the 1998 custom pumper outside the D’Iberville Fire Station. “It’s been a good truck,” Smith said, adding he doesn’t know how many miles it’s logged because the digital odometer doesn’t always work.
“You know this is ‘as is,'” Smith joked.
Dubuisson said he is excited to get the pumper. “This gives us a truck 25 years newer than our reserve truck,” he said. When the reserve truck goes down for service or maintenance, Diamondhead has had to borrow a truck from other cities for its 15-person, two station department. Dubuisson said residents wondered why a truck with a Long Beach logo was responding to an accident in Diamondhead.
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