Firefighters in Missouri City will gain a new tool in their arsenal to tackle brush and grass fires after City Council approved a new type-6 fire engine or “Brush Truck” for the department. In a Media News Release from the City of Missouri City, published on September 20, 2010, information about this new resource was released. Though it will not arrive in the City until early 2011, this is a versatile apparatus that will serve the City well. The truck will also be available for mutual aid requests within the County and Region.
The purchase is fully funded by the Texas Forest Service through its Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System program, which was enacted in 2007 and first used during Hurricane Ike. By accepting the truck, Missouri City agrees to assist in any statewide emergencies when the program is activated. When not activated, Missouri City can use the truck for any fire needs including any mutual aid needed in the county or region. The City can also use the truck during events, such as July 4th festivities, to help prevent any brush fires due to fireworks.
The Texas Forest Service will train Fire & Rescue Service personnel on how to use the truck. The City will be responsible for housing and maintaining the vehicle.Missouri City’s truck, which will arrive in six months, will be white with blue stripes and contain a 400-gallon water tank and a 30-gallon foam tank. It will also be outfitted with four-wheel drive so it can reach fires that may occur in fields that larger trucks could not reach.