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Volunteer Fire Departments Getting Burned by DOD, EPA

Volunteer fire departments across the High Plains and Texas can no longer look to the U.S. Military for used equipment.

AMARILLO -- Volunteer fire departments across the High Plains and Texas can no longer look to the U.S. Military for used equipment.

The Department of Defense has canceled a program that gave $150 million worth of older military equipment to rural fire departments across the country. For nearly 20 years, the military had been providing rural volunteer fire departments with used military trucks. The military surplus program offered communities the vehicles for a low cost or on loan.

The Department of Defense ended the program when it recently decided to enforce a 25-year-old agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. The choice comes from environmental concerns of potential pollution and harm these trucks may be causing. 

In the state of Texas alone, there are currently 1,123 vehicles that are being used through the program.

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