Eden Volunteer Fire Department Gets New Brush Truck Thanks to a $200,000 Grant

EDEN, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Thanks to a grant, the Eden Volunteer Fire Department has a new brush truck to help combat fires.

The Eden VFD recently received a grant for $200,000 from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. Thanks to this grant, the VFD was able to purchase a new, large brush truck equipped with a 2,500-gallon water tank, foam capability, scene lighting and 42-inch railings for the firefighters' safety.

The Eden VFD covers a 900-square-mile area of protection featuring a wide variety of terrain including rolling steep slopes, flat farm and ranch land and steep creek beds.

"One of the advantages of this truck is that it has six-wheel-drive which will allow it to access fires in the many types of terrain we encounter," said Eden VFD Fire Chief Art Fuentes.  “It will enable a fast, initial attack for a longer run time because it can carry a large amount of water. Having the ability to add foam helps to make the water more effective and will allow us to fight a fire for a couple of hours before we would have to refill the tank.”

“This truck is not only a great benefit for Eden VFD but also for Concho County because it helps to increase the firefighting capacity of the department,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Resource Specialist Cody Lambert.

While the primary purpose of the truck is wildland firefighting, the department will also use the truck as a mini-pumper to draft and shuttle water, traffic control and fight structure fires.

The Eden VFD was established in 1928.  Currently there are 14 volunteers serving Eden and the surrounding area.  The department is holding open enrollment for those interested in joining the VFD.  To apply, contact Fire Chief Art Fuentes at (325)-869-0138, or contact the Volunteer Fire Department Secretary at (325)-869-0137.


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