Amherst Volunteer Fire Department received a retired military vehicle from Texas A&M Forest Service as part of the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program, according to a press release.

The equipment replaced a 35-year-old truck that had become less dependable for the department. 

"We were in need of a truck that could fight grass fires," Fire Chief Bob Mills said. "We serve 85 square miles of primarily ranch and grasslands. Wildfires are the majority of what we respond to."

The program provides excess military equipment to fire departments and emergency service providers.

Mills said it is a valuable asset to VFD's and they could not survive without it.

The truck can now carry 1,200 gallons of water and pump 350 gallons per minute, increasing the department's suppression capabilities, the press release stated.

To learn more about this program, visit www.texasfd.com