Devine fire engine returns to operation after extensive overhaul

By Anton Riecher
Devine Volunteer Fire and Rescue Engine 8120 has returned to duty after a $29,499 overhaul, Medina County Emergency Services District 2 board secretary Brenda Butler reports.
The board was updated on the engine’s status during its March 21 monthly meeting.
Engine 8120 is a 2008 Spartan pumper carrying 1,700 gallons of water and 50 gallons of Class A foam. It has the capacity to draft water from a static source such as a pond. The unit carries six personnel and is generally the first out of the station for structure fires.
Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue consists of nine apparatus and 30 personnel, of which 24 are line officers, active firefighters and cadets with 2,300 hours of training annually. The rest are active personnel in the fire auxiliary working behind the scenes.
In February, the fire and rescue responded to 39 emergency calls in a 31 day period.
In other matters, the board was told that 15 students in Hondo and 18 in Devine were ready to take their emergency medical technician (EMT) test. Preparation for testing by the group amounts to 300 hours of trainng.
The board asked staff to research the cost to add a 1,000 gallon tank at the main fire station to fuel trucks and equipment.