New Weapon Against Wildfires

Wildfire danger continues to be a concern across Texoma, but the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department has a new weapon to battle the flames.

The departments new brush truck was formally used by the Air Force to put out aircraft fires. The Bowman VFD said the new truck will be their first line of defense.

John Strenski, Bowman's Fire Chief said, the new truck will be versatile. It will fight brush fires with its six wheel drive capability and it will also fight structure and car fires.

The truck holds 1,500 gallons of water and allows firefighters to sit inside the cab and control the water pump. Strenski hopes the new addition will help out in mutual aid.

"We are just hoping the truck can become another tool in the tool box for us, and for the folks in the county." Strenski added, "We are a lot more flexible as a fire department now. We hope that we will be able to help out a lot more in the county, assisting different agencies."

Bowman Volunteer Fire Department received a grant from the Wichita Falls Area Foundation. The grant help purchase the truck from the Texas Surplus Commission for $8,200.

Bowman VFD said a basic rule of thumb for residents to stay safe, is to keep everything cut back 200 feet from your home. They also suggest keeping grasses low and short, and keeping any clutter to a minimum near your home.

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6