MILTON — Two Santa Rosa County fire departments have received new trucks.


The Milton Fire Department received a new truck at the end of May. The truck began service on June 9 and has been busy, according to Fire Chief John Reble.

“This truck runs about 80 percent of the calls,” Reble said. “It’s been in service for a little more than a month now, and it’s probably gone on about 100 calls.”

The city purchased the truck for approximately $250,000, according to City Manager Brian Watkins. The fire department runs on a fleet of three rescue pumpers and one reserve truck; the department is keeping the old truck on reserve in case any of their others go out of commission for repairs.  


The Harold Volunteer Fire Department received a new truck with help from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is the second grant from FEMA the department has received this year; the first grant was in the amount of $25,020 and paid for 1,200 feet of four-inch hose with accessories and two thermal imagers, according to Fire Chief Bruce Ehrenberger.

The grant that paid for the truck was in the amount of $265,000, according to Ehrenberger. The fire department received the new truck on June 1, and it has since been on a handful of calls. As a stipulation with the grant, the old truck, a 2000 model, was decommissioned and donated to the county for training purposes.

“We are really blessed,” Ehrenberger said. “It took a lot of work.”

The Harold Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1976 and has been at their current location since 1982. Ehrenberger, who works as a paid firefighter for Eglin Air Force Base, has been the fire chief since 2012.