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Greer and Woodruff swapping fire trucks

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Greer Fire Chief Dorian Flowers received City Council approval Tuesday night to swap fire trucks with the city of Woodruff Fire Department.
 

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Greer Fire Chief Dorian Flowers received City Council approval Tuesday night to swap fire trucks with the city of Woodruff Fire Department.

 

The Greer and Woodruff fire departments are practicing the Good Neighbor Policy.

Greer wants to rid itself of a surplus 1991 Sutphen Pumper fire truck that requires extensive maintenance and Woodruff is proposing a trade for the older model.

Dorian Flowers, Greer Fire Chief, suggested at Tuesday’s council meeting the swap would benefit both cities. “We can use their truck to provide students at the Harley Bonds Center training classes by former chief Chris Harvey,” Flowers said. “Normally it means we are also tying up one firefighter each time (the pumper) is taken to Bonds.”

Woodruff, with a newer model, wants the Greer truck because it provides extra cab space for its firefighters.

Greer’s fire truck still pumps water, but below the rating required by ISO. “We don’t need our truck for pump capacity. The truck will pump maybe 700-800 gallons but it will no longer pump a 1,000 gallons,” Flowers said. “It’s an opportunity that’s appealing and intriguing to me. It helps Woodruff to get a truck they need and it gives us something to leave at the Bonds Center for training.”

“It sounds like something we can both achieve,” City Councilman Wryley Bettis said.

Council approved the swap unanimously, 7-0, with Flowers directed to maintain the agreement brought before council.

Flowers told Council Greer may need another truck as the community's growth continues.

 

 

 

 

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