Alcorn State University Fire Department receives a state-of-the-art fire truck

Lorman, Miss. (May 9, 2014) – Alcorn State University Fire Department received a new, state-of- the- art fire truck on May 6, 2014. The truck comes with a 1,000 gallon tank and has the pumping capacity to move 1,250 gallons of water per minute. It is also equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFF) – the latest fire suppression system available in the U.S. This technology reduces the amount of water needed to extinguish a fire by 75 percent.

Ray White, Alcorn State University Fire Chief, stated that “the acquisition of this fire apparatus will greatly enhance our fire fighting capability”.

Jerry Davis, fire chief of Claiborne County, says, “This is a major step for achieving the safety of the University.”

Larry Barr, state fire coordinator/director of the State Fire Marshal’s Office Insurance Department, informed the University that this was “a positive move towards enhancing the protection of the Alcorn community.” Barr and Senator Willie Simmons will work to develop training for the department.

Funding for the fire truck was secured by the joint effort of Senator Simmons, the Senate Appropriation Committee, Larry Barr, State Fire Commissioner Mike Chaney and Chief Ray White.

Chief White thanked Congressman Bennie Thompson, 2nd Congressional District, Alcorn President Alfred Rankins Jr., Executive Vice President and Provost Samuel White, Carolyn Dupre, vice president of Fiscal Affairs, and Daniel Walker, environmental manager/consultant, for the support.


Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.