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Henrietta VFD receives grant for new equipment

HENRIETTA, Texas_The Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department recently received a $15,900 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service to help purchase a new piece of equipment.

The new piece of equipment is a slip-on unit, which is equipped with a larger tank and an improved pump, will allow for more volume and pressure when firefighters tackle fires.

“It is on a deuce and a half truck that will be first out on all our grass fires. I believe it will serve us well,” Henrietta VFD Fire Chief Mike Roberts said.

Maneuvering around the area surrounding Henrietta can prove difficult for firefighters and the equipment they have.

“Once you get out of our city limits we have ranch and farm land and areas that are really a challenge, to the north of us, it is rocky, flat ground with oak and mesquite trees.” Roberts said. “South of town are ravines, creeks and rivers.  The truck with this slip-on unit will be able to maneuver the terrain and carry the water needed for any possible fires.”

Having the slip-on unit will give the department the needed advantage to respond to additional calls.

Volunteer firefighters operate 85 percent of the fire departments in Texas. This year TFS will pass approximately $24.3 million along to VFDs across the state. The grant funding aids them in purchasing equipment and obtaining vital firefighter training, giving them greater capabilities to protect life and property in their communities.

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