FORRESTON — A newly acquired grant has helped the Forreston Volunteer Fire Department continue its mission of protecting lives and serving the community. The $20,000 cost share grant is through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.
The funding went to purchase a slip-on unit that was added to a Stewart Stevenson excess military truck. A slip-on unit is a complete self-contained firefighting system designed for wildland firefighting, as well as structure and automobile fires.
The unit that the department purchased has a 700-gallon poly water tank and a 10-gallon cascade foam system. The foam is used to help cool the fire as it coats the fuel, preventing contact with oxygen. The firefighter spreads a blanket of foam on the area involved, smothering the fire and decreasing the possibility of it reigniting.
“Before now, the largest tank that we had was a 400-gallon capacity,” Forreston Fire Chief Wes Curry said. “This unit will allow us to stay out longer which will help with a quicker knockdown of a fire.”
According to the Forest Service website, the rural volunteer fire department assistance program provides funding to rural VFDs for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. It is a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature. Recognized, non-profit VFDs operated by its members are eligible. Any part-paid, part-volunteer fire department with 20 or fewer paid members is eligible.
Converting military vehicles…
click here to read more.