New Fire Truck for Houston Rural Fire Department

Property owners surrounding the city limits of the City of Houston who are members of the Houston Rural Fire Association will have another new fire apparatus when needed during emergency calls.

The Houston Rural Fire Association’s board of directors recently took delivery of a new 2007 Weis Quick Attack 300 fire apparatus, which was built on a new 2008 Ford vehicle. Weis Fire & Safety Equipment Company, Inc., Salina, Kan., assembled the custom-designed unit. The unit has a 300-gallon water tank along with a foam system that will allow maximum use of the water supply. Funding for the new $68,000 apparatus came from membership dues collected by the association. After training, volunteer firemen will use this equipment for structure, vehicle and grassland fire calls. The association has two pumper trucks, four brush trucks and a mobile air supply unit to serve members.

The association has served the community for 55 years and relies on annual membership fees for operating cost. Annual membership dues are $40 for one tract of land and one residence. The senior citizen rate [65 and older] for one tract of land and one resident is $30. Officials said all rural residents of the community are encouraged to join the association to insure fire prevention and fire protection services are available when needed. The association is not a medical/first responder emergency department.

Membership may be mailed to Houston Rural Fire Association, P. O. Box 216, Houston, Mo., 65483. Individuals may also drop off membership dues at the county clerk’s office at the Texas County Courthouse. The association’s fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. Questions regarding the association may be addressed at 417-967-2112.

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