The Troy Volunteer Fire Department has a new piece of equipment to help fight wildland fires.
The fire department purchased a new slip-on unit after it received a $17,000 grant from the Rural VFD Assistant Program through Texas A&M Forest Service. The unit has a 780 gallon water tank and a 23 horse power pump, which can pump 250 gallons of water per minute, according to the Texas A& M Forest Service news release.
According to Texas A&M Forest Service, water availability when fighting wildland fires on the farmland near Troy can be a challenge.
“The 780-gallon water tank will help to relieve concerns over water accessibility when fighting fires in the rural environment,” said Mitchell LaMonte, Texas A&M Forest Service, RFC.
The Texas A&M Forest Service will give $24.3 million to volunteer fire departments across Texas. The grants help them purchase equipment and receive vital training.
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