The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors gratefully accepted the donation of a Type 3 brush firefighting truck for the county Fire Department on Tuesday. The truck was a gift from the Santa Barbara Volunteer Bucket Brigade and Direct Relief International.

The Bucket Brigade was the brainchild of philanthropists Sandi Nicholson and Betty Stephens, and is intended to fill the funding gap for local emergency and protective services.

A ribbon-cutting was held outside the Courthouse on Tuesday, using a stand-in vehicle. The new truck — a state-of-the-art, fully equipped, all-wheel-drive fire and rescue vehicle — will arrive later this year and will be assigned to Station 12, 5330 Calle Real, near Patterson Avenue.