ROCKDALE, Texas – The Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department has converted an excess military tactical vehicle into a firefighting machine.

The large quantity of water that it carries will help the department gain quick control of a fire.

The military vehicle was awarded through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program. The department also accepted a $20,000 grant from the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program to purchase a slip-on unit for the truck. Both programs are administered by the Texas A&M Forest Service.

One of the stipulations when receiving an excess military truck is that it be painted a non-military color and be service ready in 180 days. The truck has a 500-gallon water tank, and is replacing an older apparatus which could only carry 200 gallons of water.

(Courtesy: Texas A&M Forest Service)

The department also has open enrollment for volunteers. Applications may be picked up at the Rockdale City Hall, located at 505 W. Cameron Avenue, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rockdale VFD has been serving their area since 1872, and is grateful for community support.

Source: Texas A&M Forest Service