Rural Fire Departments Receive 120 New Fire Vehicles

Rural fire departments across the state are receiving 120 new fire-fighting vehicles through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. The new Ford one-ton trucks began being picked up today.  

“The $2.5 million the legislature appropriated for this new equipment is greatly appreciated will strengthen our rural fire departments’ ability to protect Oklahomans,” said State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach.

Rural fire coordinators from across the state accepted applications for the vehicles.  The coordinators made recommendations on which departments should receive the vehicles based on a number of factors including the conditions of vehicles the departments owned, the number of fire responses made, the number of citizens served and location.

Departments receiving new trucks will also get new radios provided through a federal grant.  The fire departments are responsible for equipping the new vehicles with fire fighting apparatus such as water tanks, pumps and hoses.