WEINER, AR (KAIT) -The Weiner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department now has a new tool in their arsenal.
They recently received their first ever brush truck.
It’s a B-5 Chaparral Brush Truck whose bed is mounted on a 2018 Ford F550 Extension Cab.
It features a 500 gallon polypropylene tank and much more.
Fire Chief David Schawrz said a brush truck is something they’ve been needing.
“We really needed a brush truck for a long time,” Schawrz said. “It’s going to be a big help when it comes to fires along the highways. We won’t have to drag the hose across to the fire, but drive the brush truck to it. This brush truck also has the capability to produce foam. This is a big deal. Foam is used to smoother a fire and keep it from re-kindling. This means the brush truck can be used for structure fires, as well.”
Chief Schawrz said the truck was funded through Act 833, which was a form of Arkansas legislation enacted in 1991.
The Fire Protection Services Program increased fire insurance premiums for revenues that may be used for training expenses of firefighters and to purchase, improve, or buy firefighting equipment in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standards.
Scharwz said the truck would also come in handy when dealing with traffic issues.
“We’re going to be able to get around to accident scenes better,” Schawrz said. “Because it’s a smaller vehicle.”
The Weiner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department currently has two pumper tankers, two engine trucks, a rescue truck and SUV Gator.
Chief Schawrz said their next step is a new building.
“We’re still trying to find grant money to build a new fire station,” Schawrz said. “The building we’re in was built in 1960. So, this is our next big project.
There are 16 volunteer firefighters with the Weiner Fire Department.