Fritch VFD adds a military vehicle to fleet

Tom Hinde

The Fritch Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) recently added a converted Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck to their fleet. "Fritch is on the banks of the Canadian River with broken terrain that can be difficult to maneuver," said Fire Chief Ed Adamson. "This truck has the power and traction to get up and down those ravines." The truck is equipped with a tank, hose and reels making it ready to fight fires as well as transport water.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Firefighter Property Program provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency service providers. Launched in Texas in 2005, this program has released over 300 retired military trucks to VFDs across the state to help better protect lives and property. The USDA Forest Service oversees the program and Texas A&M Forest Service directs it.

"The Texas Forest Service (TFS) grant programs make it possible for the smaller VFDs to have the tools and training that they need to respond to emergencies in their community and surrounding area," Adamson said, "It is the best thing that the state can do to help the VFDs. To learn more about the program visit