Broussard, LA – City of Broussard Fire Chief, Bryan Champagne, announced today plans to donate their 1997 Dodge Brush Truck to the Milton Volunteer Fire Department. This truck was custom built back in the late 80's and refurbished a few times over the years with a new chassis being added in 1997. The truck carries 500 gallons of water and can pump and roll at the same time,sSomething most trucks can't do. The truck is a 4WD and has a winch installed on the front, making it easy to maneuver in the fields and off road conditions. The Broussard City Council voted unanimously to make the donation to the Milton Volunteer Fire Department, replacing the truck with 2012 Ford F-450 Custom Brush unit built by Weis apparatus and distributed by Bonaventure fire Apparatus.
"The Brush truck is a popular and effective tool for our fire fighters because of the ease that it provides in extinguishing both field and grass fires. This truck will add to the fleet of Brush units on the South side of Lafayette parish," said Chief Champagne.
Currently Broussard is the only department that has a Brush unit which is utilized to cover Broussard, Youngsville, Milton and parts of the city of Lafayette. By adding this unit to the Milton Volunteer Fire Department, it will bring another unit to the Southside of the Parish. The north side of the parish is protected by the cities of Scott, Carencro, Judice, Duson all having Brush units.
"In addition to increasing the entire Parish's access to Brush trucks, when there is a large scale field or trash fire in Broussard, we know we have another unit close by instead of having to wait for units to come from Carencro or Judice. This will increase public safety to all departments on the South side as well as the City of Lafayette," said Amy Jones, Spokesperson for the City of Broussard.
The decision by the Mayor of Broussard, Charles Langlinais, and the Broussard City Council is part of the city's continued dedication to raising public safety not only in Broussard but surrounding communities. This will be the second truck that the Mayor and City Council have donated. The first one was a 1985 Darley Pumper, which was donated to Town of Melville in 2011 when they were needing a class A pumper to keep their fire rating but couldn't afford to purchase one.