Grant will cover cost of new equipment

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

The Freer Volunteer Fire Department received a new addition to its fleet last week.

"We are very privileged to have this equipment compared to other communities of our size," says Freer Fire Chief James Finney in regard to the department's latest acquisition of a new fire truck which arrived in Freer last Thursday afternoon.

Finney says having the new fire truck will give volunteers more firefighting support capabilities to use in the district and community, that volunteers will also have the added convenience to be able to easily spray water onto a fire by using a directional control device (joystick) located inside the truck which can save some time during an emergency situation, or they can still use a conventional fire hose located outside of the truck as well.

"It holds 500 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam which creates 3,000 gallons of expandable foam when mixed with water," he said.

The Outland model features over 150 cubic feet of storage space, multiple shelving options, large hosebed capacity and tool storage areas and may be driven at an aggressive angle of approach and departure.

Funds set aside through taxes paid to the Duval County Emergency Services District No. 1 will be used to pay costs of the $241,321.00 truck, Finney said.

The department will also soon receive a grant in the amount of $108,000 from the Texas Forest Service ,which will be deposited back into the Duval County Emergency Fund, he said.

"This is actually the reason we purchased the truck, was because we were going to receive the grant. The process was initiated about two years ago. We'll receive the grant money after the vehicle is paid for and it'll be deposited then," Finney said.