Herlong PUD Unveils New Wildland Brush Truck

Herlong Public Utility District unveiled a new vehicle to add to its fleet with help from FEMA and CALFIRE grants. The district showed off the  2023 Dodge 5500 brush truck, a wildland engine that can respond to wildfires in rough terrain, designed to pump and roll.

General Manager Sandy Raffelson and staff worked to apply for the $249,000 FEMA and 20,000-dollar CAl-Fire Grants to improve the Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to the grants awarded for the new truck, Raffleson also applied for Covid monies for Special District and received almost $80,000 to help replace costs that occurred during the first year of the pandemic.

The continued improvement to the community is ongoing as, beginning on Monday, HPUD will start construction of both water and sewer infrastructure in West Patton Village and replace the water system in the Hillcrest/Mountain View area. The funding comes from a 14 million dollars State water revolving grant loan.