WICHITA FALLS, Texas_The Wichita Falls Fire Department has added a new Type 6 Engine, which was fully funded by through a grant from the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.
The new engine will be primarily used as a wildland engine, but can also be used as the initial attack engine on building and structure fires. The engine—a Ford F 550, 1.5 ton diesel truck custom built be Skeeter Apparatus of San Antonio—came fully equipped with radios, hose and tools. The total cost of the truck is more than $125,000. This in one of 31 engines throughout the state for wildfire, natural disaster and community incidents.
The TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program was launched in 2010 as a result of Senate Bill 1011 of the 81st Texas State Legislature. The program provides reimbursement grants to career fire departments and combination fire departments that are not eligible for grant assistance under the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The program provides $1.0 million in grant assistance annually, with $800,000 dedicated to TIFMAS Vehicles, and $200,000 dedicated to all other grant categories.