New fire engine in Lubbock used to combat wildfires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New fire engine in Lubbock used to combat wildfires

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

With hunting season under way and some areas of the state still recovering from last year's drought, Lubbock Fire Department and Texas A&M Forest Service are showcasing a new wildland fire engine today.

Texas Forest Service is concerned with hunters typically building campfires and burning debris during windy or dry conditions and they are trying to keep everyone safe.  

The Type-3 fire engine has state of the art equipment including a 500 or more gallon tank, two 500 feet hoses, and a minimum pump capacity of 150 gallons per minute (gpm).  Other wildland fire engines, like the Type 7, have a 50 to 200 gallon tank, one 200 feet hose, and a small pump of 10 gpm.

Although smaller than a typical municipal fire engine, wildland fire engines are specifically designed to handle remote, off-road areas and difficult terrain, making them better-equipped for responding to wildfires.

Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Grant Assistance Program awarded it to Lubbock in August.

The TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program provides departments in strategic areas with funding for wildland fire engines.

As a member of TIFMAS, Lubbock Fire Department can now be called to respond to disasters statewide.   

More than 50 firefighters have been training in basic wildland firefighting since the department joined the program.

"With this engine, we're continuing to build upon the great partnership we've developed between Lubbock Fire Department and Texas A&M Forest Service," said Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Justin Musgraves, who is based in Lubbock. "This engine won't just help Lubbock better protect itself from wildfires, it will help Lubbock protect the state from wildfires."

Copyright 2012 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:59 PM EST2018-02-25 17:59:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

  • 3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-02-25 17:58:30 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:09 PM EST2018-02-25 17:09:11 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

Powered by Frankly