CASS COUNTY, TX - Hughes Springs Volunteer Fire Department recently received a military excess vehicle through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program and a $20,000 grant for a slip-on unit through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, both programs are administered through Texas A&M Forest Service.
The VFD converted the Stewart Stevens 2.5-ton cargo military vehicle into a large brush truck capable of navigating the rugged terrain in the department’s 80-square-mile protection area.
“This vehicle will be one of our first out trucks for wildland fires but it will also be used for structure fires, vehicle fires and mop up,” said Hughes Springs VFD Fire Chief William Cates.
Department volunteers converted the truck. They painted it non-military colors of black and red. The slip-on unit has a 500-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank.
The slip-on unit is a cost-effective tool that is versatile, compact and self-contained. The unit has a poly water tank and a pressure pump and is easily mounted on the back of a pickup or custom-built bed. The foam solution that is added helps to smother the flames and coats the fuel to guard against re-igniting.