Fire protection for an East Texas community is getting a big boost, with a new fire truck.
The Jackson Heights Volunteer Fire Department in Eastern Smith County is getting a federal grant of more than $150,000 to buy the new truck. A representative from Senator John Cornyn's office made the presentation Tuesday morning.
An old yellow fire truck will be replaced, since it's been in service for decades. Firefighters say it will make folks living in that part of Smith County safer.
"The fire truck they are replacing is over thirty years old, and has seen many days of service. And it's time for it to be replaced," says Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton.