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042921 new trucks 1TONY FARKAS | SJNT Firefighter Clint Jones puts a shine on the new First Responder vehicle for the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department.

By Tony Farkas

COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department is getting new vehicles to help its mission

Emmitt Eldridge, CVFD fire chief, said the City of Coldspring saw a need with a growing population to have more vehicles to respond to medical calls.

Currently, the FD has three ambulances, one being repaired after an accident.

“This county is growing,” Eldridge said. “We do have a First Responder program in the county, but the city started one, and we told them we need some vehicles. It’s a wonderful thing, seeing all the entities in the county getting together to provide the residents with what they need.”

The first vehicle the department received is a first responder/transport vehicle, meaning it can both arrive at a destination ready to aid, or transport firefighters to where they are needed.

The department also received a small brush truck from the county Emergency Services District Board.

Eldridge said the department will receive a similar vehicle, an F-150, from San Jacinto County, which will arrive in July; also, the county and the Texas Forestry Service, through a grant, will provide the department with a large brush truck in the near future.

“Before getting this vehicle, we had a ‘03 F-450 that had a lot of issues,” he said. “Every year, it seems we get more grass fires, and with the truck we had, we couldn’t get anywhere.

“Last year, before receiving the vehicles, the company had to walk three miles to fight a brush fire in the woods, with only the hand tools they could carry, because the vehicle could not make it,” Eldridge said.

In order to show the new direction of the Fire Department, the logo has been changed slightly to reflect the Coldspring mascot, the Trojan.

“We are big on community, going to schools and doing education, and implementing an explorer program,” Eldridge said.

He said the department is very appreciative of the city and county.

“Everything the county and city has done for us has been tremendous,” he said.

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    Good Citizen · 2 years ago
    Didn't know a person with a INDECENCY W/CHILD SEXUAL CONTACT could join the fire department
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    Rick M · 2 years ago
    Folding chair are not ladders.  He is an accident waiting to happen.
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    Rick · 2 years ago
     The fire department is separate from the EMS service who is Allegiance Ambulance and they have 3 ambulances for the county. Coldspring VFD has a first responder program to assist EMS with medical calls as  multiple VFDs in the county do. But they are doing some great work!!!!
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    T Flores · 3 years ago
    The city did not start the first responder program but a medically certified member that was with the department started the f first responders group under the fire department. That’s member has since left but the department retains the first responders organization. 
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    T Flores · 3 years ago
    The VFD (volunteer) has nothing to do with EMS or ambulance in the county that’s a private service that is completely separate from the fire department!!