The Randall County Fire Department is receiving a new engine to enhance capabilities of fighting wildfires.
Due to the drought and the deep freeze from the winter storm, firefighters expect more wildfire outbreaks during this wildfire season compared to normal.
“A wildland fire is not going to start in their backyards, it’s going to start miles away from it but with our winds, it can sneak up on them pretty quickly. So, that is the concern that it can get to their home before they’re prepared,” said Clayton Baker, lieutenant at the Randall County Fire Department.
With the help of County commissioners, the department is receiving a new engine that is based on trucks that help fight federal wildfires.
“If we do have to set up to save a house, it has the capabilities of doing that,” said Joe Koch, district chief at the Randall County Fire Department.