Military truck repurposed to fight fires in Bartlett

Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department fire truck (Courtesy: BVFD)
Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department fire truck (Courtesy: BVFD)

BARTLETT, Texas (KXAN) — With the help of some bright red paint and some new truck parts, the Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department transformed a 1990 BMY military transport truck into a “new” fire truck that is designed for wildland firefighting.

The fire department received the truck as part of the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program. To give the truck a full makeover, the fire department received a $20,000 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program and a new bumper turret was donated by Mason Turkey Farms.

A 1990 BMY military transport truck converted to a fire truck. (Courtesy: BVFD)
The 1990 BMY military transport truck before it was converted into a fire truck. (Courtesy: BVFD)

“We had to completely sandblast and repaint the truck,” said Bartlett VFD Chief Steven Wentrcek in a press release. “We sent it to a local welding shop and they did the railing, front bumper, tail board and roll bar.” The unit has a 30-gallon foam tank, a 300-gallon per minute pump and a dump valve.

While the truck will mainly be use for firefighting, it did get put to work in two high water rescues in Milam County last weekend.

“Getting a call for this truck specifically was very rewarding for our department’s volunteers who dedicated so much of their time in converting it into a firefighting vehicle,” said Wentreck.

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