HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department has made strides in acquiring new flood rescue equipment, largely thanks to donations from the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston and corporate sponsors.
Equipment unveiled Monday includes two Zodiac rescue boats on a double stack trailer, an inflatable rescue boat, two evacuation boats with trailer and two high-water vehicles for rescue and evacuation.
According to the Houston Fire Department, the equipment is worth $263,973.
The Fire Department said it had 10 evacuation boats pre-Hurricane Harvey and has 21 now. It had six rescue boats pre-Harvey and has 11 now. It had one high-water truck pre-Harvey and has three now. Soon, it will add a fourth.
On Monday, in a ceremony highlighting the new equipment, Mayor Sylvester Turner thanked AT&T, HEB, MetroNational, KBR, Civic Entertainment and Councilwoman Brenda Stardig, along with the the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston.