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2017-04-13

Tarpley VFD receives grants for new equipment

By Doug Carlyle Captain/Paramedic & Secretary

Tarpley VFD is excited to announce the acquisition of a new “Large Brush
Truck” from Deep South Fire Trucks in Collins, Mississippi. This purchase is made possible by a $200,000 grant from the Texas Forest Service.
Delivery is expected in July. The apparatus will be proudly on display at the TVFD Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Auction and all area parades. TVFD has saved its earnings from previous fundraisers to pay cash for the balance of the truck, which will cost $268,000 when delivered. TVFD remains debt free and has adequate operating funds on hand for ongoing operations. We want to thank all of our area patrons who continue to keep TVFD in excellent financial health.
The new truck will look similar to the one in the photograph and will be the pride of our fleet. It will be built on a Freightliner M2-106 4-door crew cab chassis with 4-wheel drive. It sports a Cummins diesel engine and an Allison transmission, 750 gallons of water, a 1000 GPM pump, a foam proportioning system, a portable 10,000 pound winch, and many new safety features.
The truck upgrades our fleet that includes a 1984 pumper, a 1997 small brush truck, a 2007 small brush truck, and a 2005 tanker.
In addition to the TFS grant, Tarpley VFD received a $40,749 grant from the Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation in Kerrville. With that money, we purchased ten Motorola APX 6000 handheld radios with accessories, and a mobile radio to go in the new fire truck. Mission critical radios with the latest technology cost in excess of $3,200 each making such a communications make-over financially impossible for a small fire department without the generous help of philanthropic organizations such as the Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation. We cannot thank them enough.
All communications equipment was purchased from Advantage Communications, Inc. in Kerrville.
For more information about the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department, visit our website at www.tarpleyvfd.org .