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Headrick VFD Gets New Truck Through REAP Grant

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JACKSON CO., Okla_ The Headrick Volunteer Fire Department in Jackson County has a brand new firefighting truck. "Engine One" didn't cost the department a thing.

Thanks to a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant for more than $99,000 from the Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority.

7News Reporter Jonathan Rozelle took a quick ride around a part of Headrick in it, and it rides pretty smoothly. Headrick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jason Finch said it means something even more.

Headrick VFD said there's no more waiting on fire departments in other towns with larger trucks to come over and help fight a huge blaze. Chief Finch and some of his crew said they can hardly believe it's actually here.

"It's an awesome feeling," Finch said. "We've been working on it for two years now through SWODA to get a REAP grant, and it finally came through."

It's not new; it's a 1991 model, but it's a lot newer than their current 1973 truck

It does a lot more, too.

Chief Finch said there are three important features on this fire truck that none of his other trucks have. The first is this deck gun. It allows firefighters to shoot water on fires, where water from hoses may not be able to reach. The second is the top mount pump panel. It gives the operator the ability to control the water pressure to hoses. The last is that this truck pumps about 1,250 gallons of water per minute.

Chief Finch said in the past they'd have to rely on crews from Altus or the town of Friendship to show up with their huge tank trucks to fight a huge structure fire in town. Both of those towns are about 15 minutes away from Headrick.

"Sometimes, it felt like my hands were tied," Finch said, "But we would do the best that we could with what we had."

He knows how Engine One will change that.

"We can get in and get started before they can get here," Finch said, "Which could possibly save a house and the family."

Jason's wife Joy, who's also a first responder, said the truck also came with its own defibrillator. While Jackson County EMS does respond to Headrick, the time it takes them to get to town is often a matter between life and death.

"We do have an older population," Joy said. "We do cover this area, and we'll be able to respond if someone has a heart issue."

"It's just a great feeling," Jason said. "I thank SWODA and everybody that was behind us."

Jason said with the new truck in place, they're now looking into expanding the department's building, so they can add a tanker truck to their rescue vehicle roster.

 

 

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