West Valley Volunteer Fire Department has added a brand new vehicle to their fleet this month, which crews said will greatly help firefighting efforts.
The 2018 Rosenbauer can carry 2,000 gallons of water and pump at a rate of 1,250 gallons per minute.
The new vehicle replaces a 30-year-old tender that staff said was essentially a semi-truck that only a few people in the department could operate.
West Valley Assistant Fire Chief Dave Quick said the new Tender/Pumper is state-of-the-art with both a booster line off the back and a high-pressure monitor on the front.
Quick added the front monitor can be controlled remotely from the cab of the vehicle, which is great for getting water on fires as soon as possible.
“On a wildland fire or initial attack on house fire, you could pull up and hit it almost instantly as soon as you get there with the monitor,” said Quick.
West Valley Fire will donate their old vehicle to the volunteer fire department in Denton, who said they are excited and thankful to get the truck.
-Reported by John Riley/MTN News