A grant given to the Hallsburg Volunteer Fire Department from Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program will help expand the department’s capability to fight wildland fires.
The grant, which totals $18,891, will provide funds for the department to buy a new slip-on unit that is designed to fight grass and brush fires.
The new unit will replace an old one that is beginning to fail.
“The apparatus is built for the rigors of the fire service and easily mounted in the back of a pick-up or a custom-built bed and is especially effective in handling wildland fires, car fires and many others,” Hallsburg assistant fire Chief Phillip Wilson said in a Thursday news release.
“The timing for the slip-on unit grant was perfect,” Wilson said.
“We had just purchased a 2006 one-ton truck and were going to put a tank on it when we received the notice that we were approved for this slip-on unit,” Wilson said.
The new slip-on has a 500-gallon water tank and foam capabilities.
It has gone into service and already responded to two calls.
Hallsburg VFD, established in 1973, serves approximately 8,000 people over 40 square miles of McLennan County.
[By Paul J. Gately via KWTX]