FF12: Military reverses decision, KS fire departments back in business

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:13:16 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 09 2014 10:18:48 PM CDT

A FactFinder 12 Investigation is getting results.  

We told you last week about a federal rule that is cutting off the supply of fire trucks to rural fire departments.

The story got the attention of members of congress and according to Senator Jerry Moran the military rescinded the restriction of the release of equipment including military trucks.

“It’s a really good piece of news and a reminder that common sense prevails every once and awhile,”  Moran tells Eyewitness News. “This is an example of an idea that lacked common sense that got rectified today.”

Rural fire departments buy many of their trucks through a military surplus option. 

Trucks that normally cost up to $100,000 or more are sold for as little as $5,000.  Others are provided on a loan through the forest service.  The trucks are then repurposed and used to fight grass fires.

The Kansas Forest Service says the trucks are essential to small fire departments. But now the military has ended the program due to an old agreement with the EPA because the trucks don't meet emission standards.

But the Forest Service points out that the trucks are only driven a few hundred miles a year to fight grass fires.