Gravenhurst Fire Department is getting a bit of help paying for some new equipment.

Farm Credit Canada has selected the fire department for a $25,000 grant to help with replacing the town’s aging tanker truck. The 20-year-old truck, used to provide water for firefighting in rural areas, is leaking badly and council recently approved a replacement with a $330,000 price tag.

“The new truck will save us time during responses, which is critical,” says Gravenhurst Fire Chief Larry Brassard. “The grant is wonderful news to us and will be utilized to offset the capital costs of the truck and safety equipment specifically for the truck.”

The FCC grant is part of a helping hand fund to support the communities its employees live and work in.

“The AgriSpirit Fund is about helping community-minded individuals and groups undertake projects that enhance the quality of life in rural Canada,” says FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Sophie Perrault.

The new truck is expected to be ready for use in 2019.