Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department’s new lightweight apparatus is designed for local terrain

Matagorda Bay VFD received a $45,000 cost share grant to purchase a new brush truck

MATAGORDA, Texas – The Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department received a cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program to purchase a 2020 Ram 3500 truck chassis. Local support from the community and County Commissioner, Kent Pollard, helped them meet their cost share portion and add a slip-on unit to the chassis, completing the build-out of the truck.

Matagorda VFD’s 130-square-mile protection area comprises of grassland, farms and ranches and low-lying, muddy terrain.

“We intentionally built this new brush truck lighter, giving us greater operational flexibility,” said Matagorda VFD Fire Chief Clay Bishop. “We kept it basic with a 250-gallon water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank that will help us meet the fire service needs of our community and surrounding area.”

The brush truck was used recently to respond to several fires, including a 142-acre fire that encroached onto port authority land.

“Our department gets a lot of calls that started out as burn piles,” said Bishop. “Our call volume increases in the summer when our population increases from 1,100 to 5,000 when people start visiting Matagorda Beach. We encourage people to practice safe burns especially since we had the Winter Storm Uri that left the vegetation in our area very dry.”

The Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department started serving the community in 1948. The department has two fundraisers each year, one on Memorial Weekend and the other in October. The proceeds help with daily operations and departmental upgrades.

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