Hoover VFD receives military truck, $20K grant

The Hoover VFD received a military tractor truck that was converted into a new firefighting apparatus, as well as a $20,000 grant to purchase a slip-on unit for the truck. (Photo Courtesy: Hoover Volunteer Fire Department)

The Hoover Voluntary Fire Department received a military tractor truck that was converted into a new firefighting apparatus, as well as a $20,000 grant to purchase a slip-on unit for the truck.

According to Hoover VFD officials, the excess military truck was awarded to them through the Department of Defense Firefighting Property Program and the grant from the Rural Fire Department Assistance Program. This program provides funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of slip-on units for military vehicles, helping in their conversion into a firefighting apparatus. Both programs are administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

“March is typically a busy month when it comes to wildland fires,” said Hoover VFD Fire Chief Trent Price. “This time of year we average two to three calls a day with the contributing factor being the low humidity and high winds that average 30 to 40 miles per hour with 50 miles per hour gusts. The high winds drive the flames, causing even greater challenges. Another factor is that our area has changed to be less of a farming community, leaving grass to flourish, creating a fire problem that this large brush truck will help us resolve.”

The converted military truck will be able to go into hard to reach areas, even when carrying 1,000-gallons of water.

“We appreciate having the 5-ton truck and also for the grant for the slip-on unit,” said Price. “Last week we were really glad to have it available when we were fighting a fire in a riverbed and had to maneuver in the sand.”

The slip-on unit with the larger water tank gives the department the option of fighting a fire longer without having to return to a water source to replenish the water.

“This truck will help prolong our time on the fire line and also has the capability to draw water from a pond instead of having to travel to our usual water source,” said Price.

The department will use the truck for wildland fires and winter rescue during times of snow.

The truck has gone into service and has been very helpful in knocking down several large grass fires.

Hoover VFD has been serving the community since 1992. The department has open enrollment and is always looking for dedicated individuals who want to give back to the community by serving as a volunteer. Fire Chief Price invites anyone interested in joining to check out their Facebook page or call Chief Price at (806) 898-3652.

Texas A&M Forest Service is committed to protecting lives and property through fire department assistance programs. The Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program launched in Texas in 2005, is one such program and has released over 500 retired military trucks to volunteer fire departments across the state.

The agency transports the vehicle from a military installation, performs necessary repairs and delivers it to the volunteer fire department at no cost to them. The Texas A&M Forest Service excess military equipment program is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service which also oversees the national program.

For more information on programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, please visit

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