POSTED AUGUST 30, 2019
By Carlee Barnett
News Star Reporter
The Stratford Volunteer Fire Department has recently purchased a 2018 Ford F-450 4×4 brush truck in order to retire a 53-year old brush truck that has been used for decades.
According to Fire Chief Branum Dempsey, the new truck replaced Brush Truck #3 in the fire department’s fleet.
A 1966 Chevrolet two-ton truck that has helped to fight many brush fires throughout the years and has served its’ time well.
The new brush truck was built by and purchased from Alpha One Fire Trucks located in Duncan, Oklahoma.
The decision to purchase the truck was not taken lightly, as the initial cost of the new truck was approximately $110,000.00 and was paid for with the Garvin County Fire Sales Tax funds.
The Stratford Fire Department now has a total of eight trucks in its fleet, five brush trucks, one pumper truck, one tanker truck, and one dual pumper/tanker truck.
The new truck is a welcome addition to the department and will help the 22 Stratford volunteer firemen to efficiently fight any brush fires that may arise.