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NEW WAVERLY FIRE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYS COOL NEW APPARATUS TO ASSIST MFD, USFS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX- As drought conditions and increased wildfire risk spreads across the state, Firefighters from the New Waverly Fire Department deployed the NWFDs newest wildfire apparatus Monday afternoon.  Just after 2pm, a report of a wildfire in the Sam Houston National Forest in far northwest Montgomery County drew fire crews from the US Forest Service and the Montgomery Fire Department.  Upon their arrival, they discovered a fire burning in the forest several hundred feet from the nearest roadway.  USFS Dozers entered the woods and began making their way around the 6+ acre wildfire, cutting containment lines to prevent the fire from growing.

The New Waverly Fire Department responded with their latest acquisition, a tracked fire engine capable of traveling through dense brush and rugged terrain, extinguishing hot spots and mopping up around the perimeter of a wildfire to strengthen the containment lines.  Built on a model AT-50HD tracked vehicle manufactured by Canadian based ALLTRACK INC, the unique wildland firefighting engine combines fire suppression capabilities with the ability to function in areas normally inaccessible by conventional wildland fire engines.

Situated in southern Walker County, the New Waverly Fire Department’s response district includes a large portion of the Sam Houston National Forest as well as rural farms, ranches and a growing wildland urban interface wildfire risk.  As the latest wave of development continues around the greater Houston Metropolitan area, thousands of new homes are either being built or are in the planning stages, situated   amongst the heavily forested areas between Conroe and Huntsville.  The NWFD, supported by Walker County Emergency Services District #2, has embarked on a robust training system aimed at improving the Department’s ability to respond to wildfires in the district and across the area.  New Waverly Firefighters train and are qualified to the same national standards as state and federal wildland Firefighters and have deployed numerous times to major wildfires across the state and as far away as California.

 

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