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Hulen volunteers thank taxpayers, others for truck

The Hulen Volunteer Fire Department began using a new firetruck in January, and Fire Chief Chris Carter took the opportunity Tuesday to thank Rural Fire Coordinator Perry Brinegar, the Forestry Commission and taxpayers of Comanche County.

"We received the chassis of the truck from the Department of Defense surplus through the Forestry Commission," Carter said. "Barkley Tank in Duncan refurbished the rest of the truck for us. We are proud to have the tanker as part of our fleet."

That fleet includes two brush trucks, an engine, a rescue truck, and the new tanker. 

"County taxpayer money was used to finish the truck," he said. "This new tanker holds 4,000 gallons of water, which will help in a mutual aid situation."

Mutual aid is an agreement between fire departments to help one another in case of a large fire. 

50-60 square miles covered

"We cover between 50 and 60 square miles from Southeast Comanche County to far Northeast Cotton County, to Combs and 165th Street," Carter said. "We also help Central High, Flower Mound, Cache, Walters and Temple with mutual aid."

Hulen Volunteer Fire Department has 12 firefighters, including five first responders. There are also several EMTs and paramedics on board at the fire department as well. 

"Everyone has a full-time job besides being a volunteer firefighter," Carter said. "So when that pager goes off, we have to get to the station as soon as possible. Our employers are very understanding about our volunteering."

Budgets at the Hulen Volunteer Fire Department are slim, with $8,000 to $9,000 per year being the bottom line. However, tax money usually adds up to approximately $10,000 and the fundraiser held once a year raises about $5,000, according to Carter.

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