Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department receives $16K grant for new rescue equipment

Posted at 10:42 AM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 11:42:57-05

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department received a $16,600 grant for new rescue equipment.

The grant was given to the department through Texas A&M Forest Service's Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.

"Most vehicle accidents in our area are on country roads and sometimes include rescuing cattle as well as the driver," said Chief Steven Wentrcek. "The new air bags will lift a vehicle, even an 18-wheeler. The struts will help keep the vehicle stabilized and everyone safe while we use the extrication tools for rescue."

The grant will allow seven volunteers to attend a big rig extrication class where they will learn about the new advanced tools purchased with the grant.

"We appreciate the grant programs being available for equipment and training. The cost share portion for the equipment purchase was available thanks to community support at our annual fundraiser," said Wentrcek.

The Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1915.

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