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.
“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.