Roxboro Fire Department Receives a $360,000 Zero-Interest Loan for New Fire Truck

Photo caption: Chief Kenneth Torain discusses Roxboro Fire Department’s new fire truck with Piedmont Electric’s Board of Director Glennie Beasley.
Roxboro, NC (July 17, 2017) – Roxboro Fire Department received a $360,000 zero-interest loan from Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation to help pay for a new 3,000-gallon pumper tanker fire truck.
“Having a new pumper tanker that is reliable and properly equipped will enhance our department’s ability to protect the individuals and property in Roxboro,” Chief Torain explained.
Both of Roxboro Fire Department’s current pumper tankers are experiencing failure because of old age. Their 1998 American Lafrance Pumper’s parts are no longer manufactured and their 2000 International Pumper is past warranty and suffers from electrical issues. This new truck will replace one of these aging engines.
The funds were loaned by Piedmont Electric as part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. The program provides zero-interest funds to local electric cooperatives who in turn lend the money to local entities for projects that support rural areas.
“We are proud to support this City of Roxboro fire truck,” Piedmont Electric President and CEO Steve Hamlin said. “Supporting our community is one of our seven guiding principles that we have followed since we were founded in 1938. Working with fire departments provides us the unique opportunity to help make our community a safer place to live.”
In the past three years, Piedmont Electric has loaned more than $5.6 million within Person, Durham, Alamance, Caswell and Orange counties for fire trucks, fire stations, ambulances and schools. As the funds are repaid they are re-loaned to assist with future projects in communities served by Piedmont Electric.
Piedmont Electric is a local, member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 31,000 electric accounts in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties. Piedmont Electric exists to serve our members and improve the quality of life in our communities through local employment, economic development, business engagement, youth education, grants to educators, advocacy for energy issues, community involvement and emergency preparedness support. Visit for more information.

Photo caption: Members of the Roxboro Fire Department, Senator Mike Woodard, and representatives from Piedmont Electric gather to celebrate the closing of a $360,000 zero-interest loan to City of Roxboro.
Attendees listed from left to right:
Tommy Warren – Roxboro Assistant City Manager
Susan Cashion – VP at Piedmont Electric
Richal Vanhook – Board of Directors
Paul Bailey – Board of Directors
Sam Woods – Board of Directors
Cy Vernon – Board of Directors
Stephen Long – Board of Directors
Glennie Beasley – Board of Directors
Randy Kinley – Board of Directors
Talmadge Yancey – Board of Directors
David Poythress – Board of Directors
Senator Mike Woodard
Brooks Lockhart – Roxboro City Manager
Bill Barber – Board of Directors
Steve Hamlin – President and CEO of Piedmont Electric
Chief Kenneth Torain
Mike Parker – Attorney at Piedmont Electric
Chris Robinson – Battalion Chief
Brandy Horton – Lieutenant
Donald Oakley – Fire Engineer
Matthew Bradsher – Firefighter
Wayne Wrenn – Battalion Chief

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