Orange Grove Fire Department recently received a new brush truck that will help that fight fires in the rural properties that surrounded the town.

The truck cost approximately $189,000. It will replace the department's decade old brush truck.

"We've been wishing and waiting for this long awaited day," said Fire Chief Lynn Kirchoff. "It's been a long time coming."

The Freightline brush truck can hold 1,522 gallons of water and has foam capability.

The department continues to make improvements to better serve the community.

"It's a great day for Jim Wells County when as leaders of county commissioners court can purchase a firetruck and improve the safety and security of our citizens," said County Judge Pete Trevino. "In doing so we're able to take care of Orange Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Premont Fire Department. It's the goal of commissioners court to continue to support our fire departments."

As the OGFD received a new truck they were able to provide the older truck to the Premont Volunteer Fire Department.