Williams said the next step is to raise funds for the engine’s needed repairs. He’s still in the process of getting quotes and hopes to have fundraisers.
In the end, he said, having this engine could save lives in his community.
“Our budget is only around $45,000 a year,” Williams said. “We’re hoping to put together some sort of mailer where we could mail out to residents. This day and age, we understand that it’s really tough to get people to donate. We’re all volunteers. A lot of times we respond from home. Everybody here has to have a full-time job.
“(The donation) was a really nice gesture. They could have easily sold it or done something else with it because they didn’t need it anymore. It’s things like this that help keep us afloat. Everybody here is excited about it. To them, it’s like a new truck. Even though it’s older and needs some repair, it’s nicer than what we currently had.”
Brown said the BFT’s new engine cost around $470,000 and that trucks typically last 12 to 15 years for his department, so they did get a lot of life out of the last one.
He also said one positive for their own department is that down the road, that engine could come back and be helpful to them on a run.
“As we’ve seen, fire can strike anywhere — any community, large or small, urban, metro, or rural,” Brown said. “(The engine) is within our own county, so if the need ever were to arise and we had a really large fire, we can always come and help or they can help us and be using that engine.”
Williams said that donations for the work to be done on the truck may be mailed to the Mill Creek Fire Department, P.O. Box 167, Coatesville, IN 46121.