April 12, 2016 - The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department recently converted a 5-ton military truck into a 1,800 gallon tanker truck through the DoD Firefighter Property Program. This program provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency service providers. Launched in Texas in 2005, the DoD Firefighter Property Program has released over 300 retired military trucks to VFDs across the state to help them better protect lives and property. The USDA Forest Service oversees the program and it is directed by Texas A&M Forest Service.
In addition to converting the military truck into a tanker, the SVFD was also able to construct a new, two bay building to house both the military tanker as well as their primary tanker truck thanks entirely to donated funds from the community. The public is invited to see both the new tanker and the new building during the annual Fire Department BBQ Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, April 16th beginning at 11 am. Plates are $7 and include a chicken leg quarter, sausage link, beans, potato salad, bread and a dessert. The SVFD would like to express our appreciation to the community for your generous support year after year, and we look forward to continuing to grow and serve you.