Lyford fire department shops for new gear

LYFORD — The fire department’s security cameras will help protect gear to likely include newly-purchased air packs.

Last month, the Lyford Volunteer Fire Department spent $3,609 to buy eight security cameras.

But it did not take theft to buy the surveillance camera system, Fire Chief Ben Sanchez said yesterday.

“We have a lot of equipment in here, so we want to make sure nothing’s missing,” Sanchez said.

He said the cameras were installed around the fire department.

Now, he said, officials plan to dip into the department’s $20,000 budget to buy air packs to replace old gear.

New air packs cost about $6,000, Sanchez said.

But officials are considering contracting with the Texas Forestry Service to buy six used but recertified air packs.

The department’s 11 firefighters use air packs to respond to all fires, Sanchez said.

“It’s a good rule of thumb to use them on every call,” he said. “You never know when you’ll need them.”