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Forest Service grant gives Eula VFD new fire truck

EULA, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A Big Country Fire Department is now equipped with a new truck.

The Eula Volunteer Fire Department received its new fire truck thanks to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Eula used the $200,000 grant supporting rural fire departments to make the purchase.

The new firefighting vehicle has a 3,000 gallon water drop tank, which can give firefighters immediate access to water.

"We can drop that 3,000 gallon drop tank and dump the 3,000 pounds of water this truck carries in it in less than two minutes, and then while the other trucks are drafting out of that tank, we can shuttle water back and forth and so it saves a lot of time," says Eula Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Dawson.

Firefighters say it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to fill up the tank.

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