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Waterless Firefight

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The Archer City Volunteer Fire Department rushed to put out a wildfire that took over about 100 acres near Andrews Rd. in Archer County.

Fire officials said, around 11:30a.m. a transformer apparently blew up and sparks set the grass on fire. Just when they had it under control, another problem sparked that forced one of the volunteers to drive about 20 minutes back to Archer City.

"We had to send our water pumper truck to get some more water because we have a relatively small pumper truck," said Rand Johnson, an Archer City VFD firefighter.

Johnson said, the pumper truck holds about 1,700 gallons of water, which is only enough to fill each fire truck about one and a half times. In this case, they had two fire trucks on site. Johnson said, they would usually look for a pond nearby but the drought has dried them all up. That's why he said,  they desperately need another pumper truck but they just don't have enough funds.

"We've been trying to work with this thing for about 20 years. It's just getting old and obviously it's not keeping up with our trucks some times. In this situation it wasn't too bad," said Johnson.

Johnson also said, they could've called in other fire departments in the area for back-up. Fortunately it wasn't necessary this time.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6