By Jack Fink, CBS DFWL
A pilot program could help Dallas Fire Rescue save money, costly equipment, and most importantly, lives.
On April 1st, the department began sending two retired engines no longer equipped to fight fires as blockers — a first line of defense — to keep first responders from becoming victims as they’re responding to car crashes and fires along busy freeways.
Assistant Chief Bret Stidham said, “Our number one reason for putting this program together is to make sure our first responders and the citizens are safe. The freeway incidents are some of the most dangerous to respond to so the blockers provide that extra security.”
The two “blocker” vehicles are kept at different fire stations and have often been deployed to scenes along I-30 in East Dallad and on I-35E near Northwest Highway.
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