BURKBURNETT, TX (KAUZ) - Several Texoma area fire departments received grants from the Texas A&M Forest Service's Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program.
"This is all equipment that goes above and beyond what we do," Burkburnett VFD Chief, Rodney Ryalls said.
The rescue equipment grant worth $15,000 allowed the department to purchase rescue struts, rescue saws, thermal imagers and water rescue equipment.
Ryalls said the biggest item was the struts.
"They're used for stabilizing wreck vehicles and things of that nature and extrication type situations," Ryalls said.
The new equipment will allow the VFD to improve the ways it serves the entire northeast region of Wichita County.
"This is a capability that we've never had here. So, it just gives us that added capability and safety for our firefighters and the people that we're serving," Ryalls said.
Ryalls said his department is very grateful for the taxpayers dollars that have made these improvements possible.
"We appreciate every bit of it and it definitely goes to good use," he said.
The City of Graham Fire Department received a grant for a clip-on unit and Newcastle VFD received a grant for a brush truck.