Doyle Volunteer Fire Department receives new truck with grant

By | March 12, 2018 6:36 am

Doyle Mayor Ray Spivey (center) is proud of the dedication and hard work of the Doyle Volunteer Fire Department. A Community Development Block Grant has made it possible for the volunteer firefighters to obtain a new truck that will aid in their service to the residents of the town. Pictured with Spivey are Corey Guy, Doyle VFD assistant chief (left) and Jason Sparks, Doyle VFD fire chief (right) (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

After much anticipation and patiently waiting, Doyle’s newest fire engine has arrived and is being prepared and equipped to enter into service for the residents of Doyle.

Doyle Volunteer Fire Department announced in September 2016 that the department had been awarded a $315,000 Community Development Block Grant. The CDBG was issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The grant funding was utilized by Doyle Volunteer Fire Department to purchase the new fire engine and other equipment for the department. This new engine is replacing the department’s now-retired fire engine 101.

During a recent Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, the board approved declaring engine 101 as surplus and was sold to Eastland Volunteer Fire Department. The funds from selling the surplus fire engine are being used to purchase rescue equipment for the new Doyle fire engine.

To be able to apply for the CDB grant, Doyle volunteer firefighters had to go door-to-door to collect survey information from Doyle residents, which the state required to help determine the department’s eligibility.

Community Development Block Grant funds are available to communities across the state that do not get funding directly from HUD. The funds are awarded based on applications submitted each year, in February, and are typically awarded in the fall. Funds are available for sewer systems and lines, water systems and lines, housing rehabilitation, and health and safety projects.

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