Standing with the new truck are, from left: Fire Chief Jarrod Mcardle and county commissioners David Rich, Patrick Farrell, Jack Husband, Sandy Quinn and Phil McCroan. [ David Adlerstein | The Star ]

New tanker for Wetappo Creek

Thanks to a half-million dollar appropriation last year from the Florida Legislature, the Wetappo Creek Volunteer Fire Department has just received a 2023 Pierce Freightliner Tanker truck, which holds 3,000 gallons of water, for use in fighting fires in the district which covers a large area in the north end of the county from outside Wewahitchka out Highway 22 to Bay County.

“It’s the biggest tanker the north end of the county has,” said Matt Herring, head of emergency management for the county. He said the truck cost $465,000 with another $35,000 added in equipment. He said in this year’s session the Dalkeith fire department was awarded $600,000 for a sister truck.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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