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New FFP Brush Truck

This project has come a long way. This is a cooperation between the Texas Forestry Service FFP program and the RVFD. This is a military surplus vehicle that started out as a 1.25-ton pickup. Under the terms of the agreement, it has to be painted a non-military color and put into service. At the end of the contract term, the RVFD will take full possession of the apparatus. This unit is replacing an old FEPP apparatus. Under the terms of the FEPP agreement departments only had apparatus on loan and never fully ‘owned’ the apparatus. When it would go out of service it would be returned to the Govt to be crushed. Its the support from folks like you that allow us to take advantage of such programs.

Gear project… Done

We’ve been needing a good place to store gear up off the floor for quite a long while. Office depot closing gave us the perfect opportunity. By purchasing their old racks allowed us to build 24ft of storage space. We got all 24ft of space for 1/4 of the cost or one pre-made 8ft unit. Members broke down the shelving on Wednesday and we finished the install today.

4980 Upgrades

We continue to outfit the new engine. We budgeted this year to outfit 2 compartments with the Pac Trac tool mounting system. This allows for the secure storage of tools and to increase the storage capacity of our compartments.

In addition, we have added reflective striping on top of the aluminum mounts. As you can see previously when the compartments are open there is no reflectivity at night. With these additions this increases the reflective surface of the truck for night operations. This increases firefighter safety on scenes.

The cost for these additions was just over $2000 for the hardware and was cut and installed by RVFD members. It’s donations from people like you that allow us to continue to improve our equipment to better serve the people of Retreat and Navarro County.

Retreat Vfd members receive National Association of Search and Rescue Accreditation


Retreat Vfd has partnered with Navarro County CERT and Navarro County OEM to get our members nationally certified in Search and Rescue.

Following two weekends of training, the volunteers completed their national certification as SAR Technician III from the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).
CERT is an organization of trained volunteers operated under the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management that provides disaster response services, emergency preparedness education, and community services. The SAR team is a special unit within CERT that assists with missing person searches. “We are primarily deployed in Navarro County through the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office but have been requested to assist in neighboring counties, “says John Gantt, Coordinator of Navarro County CERT. “Missing person searches are usually time critical and require significant manpower. The CERT SAR Team can quickly add trained, equipped, and screened volunteers to assist law enforcement in the field. All our SAR team have passed criminal background checks and have NASAR certification. Whether it is a child or an older adult that has wondered off, we’re here to get as many trained people looking for the person as quickly as possible.”

Press Release



July 16, 2019

Retreat Volunteer Fire Department advances towards computerized firefighting

CORSICANA, Texas ⎯ Retreat Volunteer Fire Department added a new 2019 tanker/pumper with many computerized updates to their fleet. Thanks to this new addition Retreat VFD was able to reallocate two of their serviceable apparatus to other small fire departments in desperate need of equipment.
“This new tanker/pumper is quite an upgrade from our 1975 manual truck,” said Fire Chief Hunter Smith. “It will help meet the need for adequate water supply in an area that doesn’t have fire hydrants.”
The new apparatus has a 3,000-gallon water tank, foam capability, deck gun and surround scene lighting, It will be a first-out for structure fires and vehicle accidents.
“The tanker can transport five firefighters to the scene along with the tools needed for a fast attack on a structure fire or with rescue tools for a vehicle accident and if needed can be a big blocker for traffic,” said Smith.
Department personnel are in the process of being trained to become familiar with the various computerized options.
The purchase was made possible thanks to a $200,000 cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.
Retreat Volunteer Fire Department has been serving their community since 1983 and has open enrollment for anyone wishing to volunteer. An application may be obtained online at and click on the “How to Join” tab.
Texas A&M Forest Service is committed to protecting lives and property through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program, a cost share program funded by Texas State Legislature and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. This program provides funding to rural Volunteer Fire Departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry-hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training.

For more information on programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, please visit