Recent article from the Fort Bend Herald, published on March 5, 2016:
Fire Chief Keith Thumann and members of the Needville Fire Department received the department’s newest fire rescue vehicle on Friday, March 4, during a dedication ceremony at the Fire Department’s Station No. 1 on Richmond Street.
The fire/rescue truck will replace several apparatus the department has phased out over the last three years with the proceeds of those sales helping to make it possible to purchase the new rescue truck. The new Rescue 71 will respond to emergencies in all areas of the NFD service area, approx. 172 square miles, as needed. The last time the volunteer department purchased a new fire truck was in 2007.
“In Needville, we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated group of firefighters who have taken the oath to enter harm’s way in order to keep our community safe,” said Chief Keith Thumann.
“It is only deserving then that these brave men and women who volunteer have access to the safest, most reliable, and most advanced fire fighting equipment that’s available. When an emergency strikes, it is essential that our firefighters can act with precision and this state of the art rescue truck is a tool to help with doing just that.”
“Our Needville firefighters do an excellent job in fighting fires but we are also recognized for providing medical response for our citizens,” said Assistant Chief Craig Radar.
“This new rescue truck will help them arrive with first responder tools to begin basic medical needs,” added Radar. Needville Fire Department was recently recognized by Fort Bend County Emergency Medical Services as a First Responder Organization.
Only organizations who have maintained current medical training with EMT level response qualify. The fire department is a non-profit organization whose board members worked for several years to save funds needed to buy a custom made apparatus to meet the diverse needs in the department’s service area.
“We want to thank our supporters for donating at various events, fundraisers, BBQ sales, and private donations to help make this day happen”, said Assistant Chief and Treasurer Michael Richter.
In recent weeks, the NFD service area (a major portion of southeast Fort Bend County) has experienced several residential and grass fires, and major motor vehicle accidents. The weather is still a major factor in both situations. The dryer conditions and high winds can make it easier for a simple brush fire to get out of control.
And with more traffic on the roads through the Needville service area slick road conditions and fog have played a contributing factor in the severity of the accidents the department has had to respond to., he said.
“The Needville Fire Department wants to once again remind residents to be vigilant this spring and summer season—a time that traditionally sees a spike in fire and medical calls to our department,” added Chief Thumann.
For additional details on the new fire truck contact Fire Chief Keith Thumann at 832-474-0143 or PIO Dwayne “Sparky” Anderson at 979-793-4262.