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Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department adds new truck thanks to Texas A&M Forest Service grant

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 13:27:08-05

HUBBARD, TX — Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department completed a fleet upgrade thanks to a Texas A&M Forest Service grant.

The Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department added a new brush truck after receiving a $179,400 cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

They said this will help increase their capacity to fight wildland-urban interface fires.

“We are pleased to replace an older 1990 truck with one that will be low maintenance, and allows us to respond more safely, with greater firefighting power,” said Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department Secretary/Treasurer Will Geltmeier. “The truck has a remote controlled front bumper monitor and sprayers, back-up camera, PA system and a two-way radio that will help communicate with those around the truck.”

The new large brush truck has a 500-gallon water tank, foam capability and can draft water from a pool, creek or other water source.

The grant program provides funding to rural Volunteer Fire Departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training.