The department was asked to earmark the funds to build a new wildland engine for use in Perrin VFD’s primary response area. It was an opportunity to replace an older piece of equipment that was very near, or possibly past, its useful lifespan.
The department set to work purchasing a chassis that would be the foundation of the truck and began design discussions with a vendor that has helped build many of the newer trucks that seen when the department responds to brush fires.
The final product was delivered to the Perrin VFD at its regular meeting March 11.
Mike Hutton of the Perrin VFD monitors the level of water in Engine 42 as it is filled upon its arrival at the Perrin station. Minutes later a call came in for mutual-aid, requested from Jacksboro VFD, on a brush fire northwest of Jacksboro. The new engine and a crew of three from Perrin responded to the fire.
The evening that the truck was driven to Perrin for the first time was an eventful day. Many of the members and their families were there to greet the new piece of equipment that will aid in the ability of the department to mitigate emergencies in their response area and throughout the county.
On that particular day, a fire had been reported at around 5 p.m. northwest of Jacksboro within some rough terrain just south of FM 2190. The new truck was pulled into the parking lot of the Perrin station at approximately 7 p.m. and after a 20-30 minute operational overview of the truck, tones rang out on the pagers of all of the firemen gathered.
The new truck was filled with water, some hand tools were taken off of the truck that it is replacing and a crew of three men from Perrin VFD answered the call for aid that had come from the Jacksboro VFD crews on scene of the brush fire.
The call over the radio was “Engine 42-SO, Engine 42 will be en route” and so, the newest asset began its service to the community.