Kosse VFD received a $36,900 grant to help increase the capacity of their department
Kosse Volunteer Fire Department received a cost share grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The funding was used to purchase a slip-on unit with a Compressed Air Foam System.
“The slip-on has a 400-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Matthew Schlaefer. “It is in service and the volunteers are excited to begin special training to familiarize themselves with its functions.”
A slip-on unit is a complete, self-contained firefighting apparatus designed for a pickup truck or custom-built vehicle platform. It is intended to become a fast, initial-attack firefighting component used for wildland firefighting, structure and automobile fires. The CAFS has the potential to give more firefighting power and capability while using less water. It can also help increase firefighter safety because the foam smothers the fire, rapidly reducing the temperature which can help decrease smoke, giving the firefighters greater visibility.
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