Greatwide Logistics Services Donates Equipment and Expertise to Deliver Replacement Fire Truck To Hurricane Damaged City

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Greatwide helps Texas volunteer fire department restore fire protection services to community by transporting fire truck 1,300 miles.

In response to the devastation Hurricane Rita wrought on the Gulf Coast, Greatwide Logistics Services – a Dallas-based provider of non-asset-based transportation, third-party logistics, warehouse/distribution and truckload brokerage services – is donating its expertise and resources to help the Bon Wier, Texas volunteer fire department replace a fire engine it lost during the storm.

Bon Weir, a small logging community located 140 miles northeast of Houston, was hit hard by the hurricane in September 2005. One of the lingering effects of its fury was the destruction of the tiny town’s primary fire engine; although the town has two other fire trucks, both are old and frequently out of service, causing serious gaps in the city’s fire protection service during a drought-plagued fire season. Thanks to the donation of a 1973 Mack fire truck from Brighton Township, Penn, the Bon Wier volunteer fire department will be able to resume normal service.

But although the fire truck had been donated, Bon Weir did not have a means of transporting it to Texas. In response, Greatwide Logistics Services, one of the nation’s largest trucking and logistics companies, is donating its equipment and expertise to move the fire truck free of charge from Pennsylvania to Texas. It will be transported by Greatwide’s Dallas and Mavis Specialized Carrier Company division, based in Kenosha, Minn. The truck is scheduled to leave Brighton Township on Monday, February 6th and the trip to Bon Wier will take approximately three days.

“It can’t be told in words how appreciative we are of this truck,” says Jim Dubose, the Fire Chief in Bon Weir. “Without this donation and the help Greatwide is providing, I don’t think we (the fire department) would have been able to get back on our feet. It could have been months, if ever.”

Bon Wier’s dilemma came to light after Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. of Holden, La. told Brighton Township about the loss. After hearing about it, Bryan Dehart, the city manager, decided to act and donated a fire truck that had recently been replaced by a new pumper unit. He worked with the city’s fire chief, John Curtaccio, to arrange for the donation through the U.S. Forestry Service’s Helping Hands program.

“Fire departments in general, are dependent on the goodwill of others,” says Dehart. “I think this is a great way to help another town in the way fire departments help their community.”

About Greatwide Logistics Services

Based in Irving, Texas, Greatwide Logistics Services was formed by Fenway Partners, a New York-based investment group that since 2000 has acquired nine major truckload transportation and warehouse distribution companies. With clients that include Wal-Mart, Target, IBM, Sysco, UPS, Dow, Ford Motor, GM and General Tire, Greatwide Logistics Services is one of the nation’s leading non-asset-based providers of transportation, third-party logistics, warehouse/distribution and truckload brokerage services. For more information, visit

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