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ERATH COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A pair of Erath County volunteer fire departments are replacing some very old equipment they’d never be able to afford on their own.
Bluff Dale and Lingleville Volunteer Fire Departments received $200,000 grants through Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.
The money was used to purchase large brush trucks.
Bluff Dale VFD’s new 2017 brush truck replaces a 1971 federal surplus military truck.
The four-wheel drive truck is outfitted with an 800 gallon water tank, 10 gallon foam tank, diesel pump and a remote control monitor on the front bumper.
“Our area is rural, rocky, brush covered hills. The four-wheel drive will be excellent for that type of terrain and the truck will be able to go anywhere we need to go,” said Bluff Dale VFD Chief George McCormick. “This [truck] will help the department keep up with the increased structure responsibility in an area that is hilly and rough.”
Lingleville VFD is replacing a 1968 brush truck with a 2016 model.
The Lingleville truck boasts an 800 gallon water tank, spare, full light package, as well as a multiple water pumps, maximizing the apparatus’ firefighting capabilities.
“This truck will be our first out truck and we can use it for wildland, structure or any type of fire where ever we need it,” said Lingleville VFD Chief Albert Ray. “The truck provides more water at the scene and is a very up to date firefighting apparatus.”
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