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Hubbard Creek VFD purchases new equipment with Texas A&M Forest Service grant

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The Hubbard Creek Volunteer Fire Department has purchased new equipment to better protect their community.

The Hubbard Creek Volunteer Fire Department, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, has purchased a new slip-on unit to be placed on a converted military vehicle that was given to the department by the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program.

The Firefighter Property Program is overseen by the USDA Forest Service and provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency providers. The vehicles are transported, repaired and delivered to volunteer fire stations at no cost to them.

The new slip-on unit has foam capability and a 500-gallon water tank. The unit will be placed onto the back of the converted military vehicle.

The Hubbard Creek VFD serves a 140-square-mile protection area, with a large portion being rough, rocky or open pasture land.

“We are really proud to have this slip-on unit to go with our military truck,” said Hubbard Creek VFD Fire Chief Danny Stueart. “Its primary use will be for fast initial attack of wildland fires. This is important since a large portion of our response area is rural and having an adequate water supply can be an issue.”

“Having the capability to maneuver rough terrain and carry 500-gallons of water to a grass fire will help with faster containment of the fire,” said Stueart. “The unit is also capable of drawing water from a pond when it becomes necessary.”

Chief Stueart says the grasslands are already beginning to dry out, leading to several wildland fires already.

Currently, the department is in open enrollment for new volunteers. Applications are available at the fire department, 4338 County Road 201.

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