LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The Lindale Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1944. At that time, firefighters had to ride on the back of the fire truck.
Lindale Fire Department's first new fire engine was purchased in January of 1945. The original fire truck ran for almost thirty years, but it only carried 200 gallons of water. Needless to say, the fire department has done a little upgrading since then.
Now Lindale firefighters have a truck that carries 500 gallons of water and can pump 1500 gallons per minute when hooked up to hydrants.
"With all the growth coming into Lindale [and] the multiple story buildings, we just needed a truck that we could use for things other than firefighting," Lindale Fire Chief Joe Yeakley said. "We also carry a lot of rescue equipment on this truck; we have swift water rescue [and] we have all different kinds of lifting agents and things on the truck."
Yeakley says this truck gives them the benefit of much higher access with its ladder.
"Well, this truck carries water [and] it also has a pump on it, so we can use it as roll it out as first out on any fire. Then it has a 107 foot ladder which gives us a lot of reach; [so] we have firefighting capabilities and then also rescue capability with this truck," he said.
The fire chief said they've had the truck for about a year and it's proven to be a necessity in the community.
"We've done a rescue here in town. Back during the summer we had a worker that fell out on top of a scaffolding and we use this truck to get him down to rescue him," he said.
Yeakley said it's not common for a volunteer fire department to have a truck like this, but they're fortunate to have been able to afford it.