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Texas FD retrofitting military trucks for water rescue operations as Tropical Storm Imelda makes landfall

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A fire department in Texas is using old military vehicles as rescue trucks- the kind that could help drivers trapped in storm waters that have recently raised in the Lone Star State.

The Cy-Fair Fire Department has retrofitted a “deuce and a half” military truck to perform high-water rescue operations, equipping it with special features to help rescues go smoothly.

From winches to wheelchair lifts and USB charging slots, the trucks are given new life in the rescue field as the threat of flooding stays fresh in everyone’s minds.

“We are going to flood. We’ve been flooding for years and years and years,” said Captain Chris Garcia, Rescue Coordinator with the Cy-Fair Fire Department. “It’s deeper than you think. You will stall out these cars. These cars are not designed to go into water.”

According to KHOU11, the trucks were first used in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, where they were tested and re-evaluated.

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