Texas A&M Forest Service has awarded Westminster Volunteer Fire Department a $19,038 grant to purchase a new slip-on unit through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Grant Program.

A slip-on unit is designed to become a fast initial-attack firefighting unit; durable, flexible and highly mobile. It is used in wildland firefighting as well as structure and auto fires and is a complete self-contained fire-fighting apparatus designed for a pick-up or custom-built vehicle platforms.

“This new slip-on unit replaces an older slip-on that we had for many years,” explained Westminster VFD Assistant Chief Rod Adams. “The old unit was just bare bones with one hose output. The new one has multiple hose lines of different sizes and is capable of drafting and filling up other vehicles such as a tender or engine.”

The slip-on unit has a 300-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank. It will be primarily used for wildland firefighting according to Adams, and also as a backup for structure and vehicle firefighting.

The new slip-on unit is now in service and has responded to a handful of calls already, including mutual aid response.

Westminster VFD serves approximately 4,000 people in 40 square miles of Collin County.

Texas A&M Forest Service helps protect lives and property through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, a cost-share program funded by the Texas State Legislature and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. This program provides funding to rural VFDs for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training.

To learn more about the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, and other programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service visit http://texasfd.com.