According to a report from The Herald Democrat, the Pottsboro (TX) Fire Department (PFD) has acquired a new 2021 Freightliner pumper/tender with help from a $200,000 cost-share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.
A tender has the ability to transport 1,500 gallons of water and has a 10-inch dump valve that can rapidly fill a drop tank designed to hold 2,500 gallons of water, assisting with rural firefighting in remote areas.
The new pumper/tender replaces a 1996 apparatus that had a 1,000-gallon water tank. According to PFD Chief Donnie Glenn, the new truck’s increased water capacity gives the department more time on the fireground and “extra water on the fire.” He also said that the new truck can fill brush trucks when fighting wildland fires and is equipped with extra scene lighting for night firefighting.
The PFD’s response area is largely rural and without fire hydrants. The department also serves the Lake Texoma area during times of automatic aid with Preston and Locust Fire Departments.
PFD has been serving its community since 1946 and has a 42-square-mile response area.