Volunteer fire department unveils stylish tanker - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Volunteer fire department unveils stylish tanker

Comanche County_The Cox's Store Volunteer Fire Department may not be the biggest one around, but you can't miss them when they roll out to a fire, thanks to the custom paint job the volunteers added to their newest addition to the fleet.

They picked up an old water tanker truck from the U.S. Department of Forestry last year. Since then, they've stripped, sanded and painted the truck to reflect the pride of the crew and the surrounding community.

Fire Chief Jody Dreves said the truck was originally painted in typical army-style camouflage. But, 23 firefighters spent 500 man-hours over the course of one year, 23 firefighters and *500* man hours later, it was transformed into a state-of-the-art tanker.

"It definitely turns heads when it goes down the street."

The tank is now silver, with bright red flames on the side.  The cab is painted red and yellow, with the fire department's emblem attached to the front grill.  The fire department's name is now on the tank and the doors. But, Dreves said it's not all flash, without functionality. The tanker has doubled their water capacity, from 5,000 gallons to 10,000. 

"We spent several years looking for the right tractor-trailer setup so that we could have the water capacity that we needed. We found the tractor last year, and the trailer last fall, so we've been working on it ever since."

Dreves said the homeowners who depend on the fire department should see a direct impact on their pocketbooks.

"With this water capacity, we'll be able to reduce our insurance rating, and therefore, saving our community money in their homeowner's premiums. So, it's a pride factor. It helps us do our job, but it benefits our community and that's what it's all about. We built this. We did this. We all came together. You may not have been there every night to work on it, but everybody has a hand in it.
And that just unites us even more."

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

    Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:26:10 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 3:14 AM EDT2018-06-24 07:14:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...
    (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File). FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, an artificial turf soccer field sits in the middle of the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. The immigration detention facility has been retooled to house adults ...

    The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

    Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-06-23 15:48:09 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 3:06 AM EDT2018-06-24 07:06:01 GMT
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night. (Source: AP Photos)White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night. (Source: AP Photos)

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night.

  • US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

    US moves 100 coffins to N. Korean border for war remains

    Saturday, June 23 2018 5:16 AM EDT2018-06-23 09:16:27 GMT
    Sunday, June 24 2018 3:05 AM EDT2018-06-24 07:05:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File). FILE- In this May 14, 1999, file photo, U.N. honor guards carry a coffin containing the remains of the American soldiers after it was returned from North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. South Kore...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File). FILE- In this May 14, 1999, file photo, U.N. honor guards carry a coffin containing the remains of the American soldiers after it was returned from North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. South Kore...

    The U.S. military says it is moving "assets" to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of U.S. soldiers who have been missing...

    The U.S. military says it is moving "assets" to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of U.S. soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Powered by Frankly