COLEMAN, Texas –
The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department converted a 2.5-ton excess military Stewart Stevenson that had been turned into the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services as excess into a firefighting machine.
The truck was acquired by the department through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program, where DLA Disposition Services works with the US Forest Service to get used military equipment into the hands of firefighters in rural communities.
“Our department had an older deuce and a half truck that gave out and we replaced it with this Stewart Stevenson because it is such a rugged truck and can take on the rough terrain and heavy brush in our area,” said Glen Cove VFD President Scott Beaver.
One of the stipulations for accepting the truck is to paint it a nonmilitary color.
“Brad Russell, one of our department members, spent many hours painting the truck and we appreciate all of his hard work in helping to complete the conversion,” said Beaver.
To complete the conversion from military truck to firefighting truck a water tank was needed. The answer was a 500 gallon slip on unit that would have to be purchased by the department.
Several sources contributed to the purchase of the slip-on unit.
“We are grateful for the $20,000 slip-on unit grant opportunity through Texas A&M Forest Service and to the Friends of Coleman County Foundation for their $5,000 contribution,” said Beaver. “We also appreciate the response from our community at our fish fry that raised $5,000. All three sources together made it possible to make the $32,000 purchase and complete the truck that will be a vital part of our fleet.”
The truck is in service and has responded to several calls. One being a wildland fire that covered about 35 acres.
Glen Cove VFD Fire Chief Ricky Davis and all the department members are very committed to protecting their community and in mutual aid.
“Because we work so closely with the fire departments in the area when it comes to wildfires, the addition of these type of vehicles to department’s fleets help us all to fight fire much more effectively as a collective and cooperative unit,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Tyler Brown.