DIMMITT, TX (KFDA) - The Dimmitt Volunteer Fire Department has been granted a $15,000 grant from Texas A&M Forest Service, the state agency announced Thursday.
Dimmitt VFD said the grant would go toward upgrading equipment to use during the emergency responses in the Dimmitt area.
"We are replacing older equipment with stronger rescue tools," said Dimmitt VFD Fire Chief Randy Griffitt. It was difficult for the older tools to cut through the stronger metal made for newer vehicles; the updated tools provide a higher pressure that cuts right through that type of metal."
The stronger rescue tools will also help perform a variety of other duties.
"The newer tools will be used for automobile extrication but they can also be used when we have to respond to building or farm equipment entrapments," Griffitt said.
The Texas A&M Forest Service works with fire service throughout the state to minimize the loss of life and property in response to wildfires and other all-hazard emergencies. This year Texas A&M Forest Service will award approximately $24.3 million in grants to volunteer fire departments for the purchase of equipment and training.