Military Reverses Decision to Cut Equipment to Rural Fire Depts.

Published 07/11 2014 05:15PM

Updated 07/11 2014 05:25PM

LUBBOCK, TX – Volunteer fire departments across the South Plains and Texas after breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Military reverses a decision to stop provided used equipment to rural fire departments with small budgets.

The Department of Defense has decided to continue a program that gives $150 million worth of older military equipment to rural fire departments in 48 states. For nearly 20 years, the military has been providing rural volunteer fire departments with used military trucks. The military surplus program offers communities the vehicles for a low cost or on loan.

The Department of Defense announced last week it was ended the program when it recently decided to enforce a 25-year-old agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental concerns were raised on the potential pollution and harm these trucks may be causing.

In the state of Texas alone, there are currently 1,123 vehicles that are being used through the program.

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