China Spring: Military vehicle transformed into VFD pumper
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.