Cisco Fire Department receives grant to purchase new equipment to better serve their community

CISCO, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - In a press release from the Cisco Fire Department, the department announced the purchase of a new slip-on unit thanks to a grant.

The Cisco Fire Department received a $38,000 cost share grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The grant went toward the purchase of a new slip-on unit with a Compress Air Foam System (CAFS). This new unit replaced a 10-year-old unit that did not have a CAFS. The CAFS is used to deliver a fire-retardant foam that can be used to put out fires or protect unburned areas.

“This slip-on has a 300-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank,” said Cisco FD Fire Chief Walter Fairbanks. “The addition of the CAFS will give the firefighters an upper hand when responding to fires in our 298-square-mile protection area. The unit has the potential to stretch our 300 gallons of water to equal the suppression power of 600 gallons of water. That is important when we are responding to fires in our rural areas. It will give us the capability for quicker fire containment.”

The new slip-on units purpose is to combat wildland fires, and has already been put to use.

The Cisco Fire Department has been protecting their nearly 300-square-mile protection area since 1881 as the first fire department in Eastland County. The department is currently in open enrollment. To pick up an application, stop by the fire station at 411 Conrad Hilton Boulevard, or visit their website at

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