BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Baton Rouge Fire Department received two brand new fire trucks totaling over $1.5M.

The mayor’s office allocated money from the American Rescue Plan. Funding is designated for local governments and first responders still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each truck carries specialized equipment for vehicle extractions and rope rescue totaling $750,000 a piece.

“We’re very busy department, so our equipment gets used a lot. Our folks maintain that equipment the best they can. We have our own mechanics here to do proper maintenance and work on them. But it is a, it is a need to continue to respond to, to the citizens of Baton Rouge,” said Curt Monte, BRFD Public Information Officer.

Monte says it’s been 20 years since the units at stations on Sharp Road and downtown on Government Street received the new truck.