Stockdale Fire Department Receives $50,000 for New Fire Truck
STOCKDALE, TX -- Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency awarded $50,000 to the City of Stockdale as a part of the Community Facility Grant Program. These funds will be used to replace the existing truck, which has been in use since 1984.
“With these funds, the Stockdale Fire Department will be able to keep Stockdale residents safer,” Congressman Vicente Gonzalez said. “This new fire truck will serve Stockdale for years to come while ensuring the safety and well-being of the people in the community. I am pleased to see the USDA invest in Stockdale and I will continue to work with Chief Baker and Mayor Wolff to ensure that Stockdale continues to receive adequate federal funding.”
The new truck will require minimal personnel and less water, creating a more efficient and streamlined operation.
Edwin Baker, Stockdale Fire Department Chief, said that his team is responsible for covering over 300 sq. miles of Wilson County, and county resources are incredibly limited.
“This grant is needed—without it we wouldn’t have been possible for us to get a new truck,” said Chief Baker. “The truck isn’t going to help us; it’s going to help the community. It is going to protect the community from fires.”