DeQuincy receives new fire truck

The following is a Press Release:

The City of DeQuincy received a new fire truck at a ceremony held earlier today. The Louisiana Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) funded the purchase through Calcasieu Parish's $14.8 million in disaster recovery allocated by the state OCD-DRU. The total cost of the truck was $267,100. The allotment is part of a Community Development Block Grant given to the State for damages inflicted by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

"This fire truck for DeQuincy is a great investment of Community Development Block Grant funds," said the state Office of Community Development Executive Director Patrick Forbes. "It improves the resiliency of the community in the event of another disaster and helps with fire insurance rates immediately."

The Disaster Recovery Unit within the Office of Community Development is dedicated to helping Louisiana's citizens recover from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. As the state's central point for hurricane recovery, the OCD-DRU manages the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history, working closely with local, state and federal partners to ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.