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New/Old Brush Truck

March 22, 2011

New Rescue Truck in Action

Late last year a brush truck was lost in a wild land fire in southern Stafford County. The insurance proceeds from that truck totaled over $40,000. The cab portion of the truck was consumed by the fire, but the bed of the truck had minimal damage.

And, then the insurance company offered to sell the truck for $3,500, which Stafford County quickly accepted. So, Stafford County had a slightly scorched brush truck bed.

Here’s what they did:

Firefighters took the burned bed and touched up the damaged area. And, they replaced the damaged parts/equipment. Then, they took another low-mileage fire department truck, repainted it, and put the fixed bed on that truck. The labor for this work was provided by the firefighters at no cost to the County. The result was a rescue truck that looks brand new – just as good as you would buy off the lot.

But, this was just the beginning of what the fire department was able to do. By putting the brush truck back into operation at minimal cost, they were able to address two additional priorities – a new custom rescue truck and the refurbishment of a water tender truck. And, the cost of all three of these trucks was still under the amount collected from the insurance proceeds.

Stafford County firefighters are a proud, dedicated group of men and women that provide an incredible service to the citizens of the community. The job they did with the brush truck is just another example of the great things they do.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 2:48 am


    I’ve worked for over 33 years in emergency service and have never worked with a finer group of firefighters.

    I enjoy writing and want to keep not only the public informed, but also all the firefighters informed about what their fellow ones are doing.

    I’m glad you enjoy reading the posts. If you ever want to write an article, feel free to send it to me and I will post it.


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