The Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department will see the arrival on Tuesday, February 12th of the first brand new fire vehicle the department has ever had, an F550 Ford Small Brush Truck! The department received the truck through a $78,000 grant awarded to it by the Texas A&M Forest Service through its Rural Fire Defense Assistance Program The application was funded in August of 2012 for 90% of the cost of a new vehicle.
The department filed the grant request in response to the devastating effect the Labor Day Wildfires of September 2011 had on its fleet of fire vehicles. After the grant was awarded, the department’s truck committee developed specifications for a small brush truck, and ultimately awarded the bid to AG-Meir, of Belton Texas. Department members anxiously watched pictures of the truck on the AG-Meir webpage as it was assembled over the last several months.
Spicewood firefighters will participate in training in the proper operation and maintenance of the new brush truck over the next several weeks. The 300 gallon brush truck with a 100 gallon/minute pump and four water lines will then be added to the group of small brush trucks the department maintains to respond to wildfires. Hopefully, the wildfire season of 2013 will not bring the need to ply the new vehicle into service. But if wildfires come, the Spicewood Fire Department will now be better equipped than ever to fight them!