Walker County Fire Rescue Enhances Fleet with State-of-the-Art Fire Engines


In a significant leap towards enhancing emergency response capabilities, Walker County Fire Rescue (WCFR) has recently introduced three new Class “A” pumpers into service. This addition to the fleet, funded through the 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), marks a crucial step in ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.

The acquisition of these state-of-the-art fire engines comes after a considerable gap, with the last purchase dating back to 2009. The extended service life of the existing fleet had reached an average of 23 years, underscoring the urgency and importance of this upgrade for Walker County.

Taking a proactive approach, WCFR established an Apparatus Committee in 2020 to spearhead the design and selection process for the new engines. Comprising seven members with an impressive cumulative experience of over 100 years in fire service, the committee’s majority boasts a deep-rooted connection to the community they serve.

After issuing a Request for Proposal in mid-2021, the Board of Commissioners gave their seal of approval for the $1.3 million investment during their meeting on October 28, 2021. This financial commitment underscores the county’s dedication to providing the WCFR with the necessary tools to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies.

The introduction of the new fire engines is expected to bolster the fire rescue capabilities of Walker County, ensuring that residents can rely on a modern and well-equipped firefighting force when needed most.