Bluff City Rescue launches 'Buck for a Truck' campaign


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The Bluff City Rescue Squad is seeking public donations for a dire need.

They're calling it "Give a Buck for a Rescue Truck"- a fundraiser that has a goal of $55,000 to equip the department with a new medical and rescue vehicle valued at $175,000.

Residents in Bluff City, Piney Flats and Bristol will begin seeing information in their mail about the project in the coming days through a flyer sent out by the squad.

The current truck in use has 19 years of service on its chassis- a tall task for a unit that serves more than 12,000 homes in Sullivan County.

"It's important for us to reach the citizens during the snow and everything we need another four wheel drive to reach them. we are always here twenty four seven but we need the equipment to get it there to help you in a time of need if somebody wrecks or gets sick we need to be there," said BCRS Assistant Chief Chad Lewis.

The department answered more than 1,800 calls last year.