When police forces across the country were getting their hands on military tanks and armored personnel carriers, our little counties were going, "WTF are we going to do with a tank?! What else ya got?"
What they had were all-terrain fuel trucks, easily retrofitted to carry hundreds of gallons of water and high pressure hoses into brush that regular fire trucks can't access. So far, ten Texas Panhandle counties have the Beasts. Kind of funny to watch the fire trucks screaming towards a grass fire and the Beast lagging behind like a winded rhino at the back of a stampede. But it gets there, and it does an amazing job getting into the breaks and draws where mesquite and buffalo grass offer ample fuel.
Meet the Panhandle Volunteer Fire Department's Beast. Credited for helping to quickly contain last week's brush fire.