County Commissioner Mike Gardner and Austin Harden, assistant WOVFD chief, stand with new equipment that the department got through ARPA funds. Harden played a key role in obtaining all the equipment and was proactive in doing so in order to be ready for the 4th of July.
Some of the new equipment includes:
1 — 2009 engine
1 — 2008 tanker
2 — 2023 deep south brush trucks
3 — command/quick response trucks, 2023 Silverado 1500s
6 — MSA g1 air packs and mask
1 — MSA thermal imaging camera
Thermal imaging drones which have helped multiple agencies including Ector County
New fire hose; new nozzles
New hand tools and jaws of life for the trucks
MISC PPE gear like structure gloves, boots, eye protection etc help keep the firemen and women safe. Educational trainings such as extrication and getting people that have little to no experience in schools so they can become productive members of West Odessa and a valuable asset to Ector County and its residents. They also have some new dual band radios for the trucks coming which will help make them compatible across the board with other agencies.