The Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department converted an excess Stewart Stephenson, 2.5 ton military truck into a firefighting machine by adding a slip-on unit.
The truck was awarded through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program and the slip-on unit grant was through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program both administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.
Fire Chief Dusty Thompson says, “This truck will not have any problems getting into the rural areas where the lack of water supply to fight fires can be an issue. It can carry 500-gallons of water and also draft from the lake if needed. It will be one of the first to roll when we get a call for structure, car, or grass fires.”
The truck will be replacing an older one that was used for high water rescues in Houston after Harvey and is rugged enough to fill that role, should the need arise.
Pecan Creek VFD members received training on the new addition that is now in service.
Chief Thompson says that the department is very grateful to Texas A&M Forest Service for the equipment and training grants that are offered to volunteer fire departments.
The Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program luanched in Texas in 2005, is one such program and has released over 600 reitred military trucks to volunteer fire departments across the state. The agency transports the vehicle from military installation, performs necessary repairs and delivers it to the volunteer fore department at no cost to them. The Texas A&M Forest Service excess miliary equipment program is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service which also oversees the national program.