Improvements are on the way to the Wichita Falls Fire Department. The City Council approved funding for nearly $1.5 million to go towards new equipment.
"We do have some old equipment in our reserve fleet. One of them is a 1979 model, over 30 years old," says Chief Bill Weske of the Wichita Falls Fire Department.
Weske says for some of their equipment, replacements are due.
"This will improve our capabilities," says Weske.
Five new apparatuses are set to be added including two pumpers, two grass trucks and the completion of one small brush truck, all of which Weske says will come with improvements from the older models.
"These never brush trucks are going to be able to carry more water," he says.
The trucks are being acquired by the city through a five year payment plan. After the five years the equipment will be fully purchased. Councilors say this plan helps to save some of the city's fiscal $2.5 million capital budget.
"It's a lot of money, but fire trucks are expensive." Chief Weske says the new additions are great news for the department and they will help fire fighters serve and protect the community more efficiently.
Weske says, "We do appreciate the city council supporting the fire department on this. We can't get them fast enough. We've been excited about this, hoping that it would be approved by the council and we're excited about the decision that was made today," Weske explains.
This is the second time the city has used this type of payment plan to purchase fire equipment. Chief Weske says the new trucks are expected to be ready and running by next spring.