China Spring: Military vehicle transformed into VFD pumper

(Texas A&M Forest Service photo)
(Texas A&M Forest Service photo)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 1:09 PM CST
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A local volunteer fire department has some new muscle power when it comes to fighting fires.

The China Spring VFD got a 2.5-ton cargo truck through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program as well as a grant to retrofit the vehicle.

Both programs are run by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

The cargo truck has four-wheel-drive, and a slip-on unit that includes a 600-gallon water tank, 10-gallon foam tank and an 18- horsepower pump motor.

“We painted the truck, added emergency lighting, a radio, new railings and steps for easier access,” Fire Chief Scott Needler said in a press release.

The department said the addition of the military apparatus will help strengthen their capability, creating a safer more efficient resource for firefighting.

The new truck replaces a two-wheel drive F-650.

The Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program launched in Texas in 2005 and has released more than 600 retired military trucks to volunteer fire departments across the state.