Smithville Volunteer Fire Department Gears Up for wildfire season with brush truck

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department is preparing for wildfire season with a new brush truck.

The department accepted a $100,000 grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance program to help buy the new vehicle.

The truck has a 500-gallon water tank and foam capability that will help increase the capacity of the Smithville VFD fleet. 

"We are pleased to have this new, small brush truck with updated firefighting capability," said Smithville VFD Fire Chief James Elam. "It will be a dual function type of truck that is used not only for firefighting but high water rescues."

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1895.