Take a first look at the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department's flood rescue vehicle

The Magnolia Volunteer Fired Department added an amphibious flood rescue vehicle to its fleet Thursday.

The Magnolia Volunteer Fired Department added an amphibious flood rescue vehicle to its fleet Thursday.

The Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department added a new flood rescue vehicle to its fleet Thursday morning during an open house at Unity Park in Magnolia. The amphibious vehicle, manufactured by Hydratrek, will allow the MVFD to cross both land and water during the event of a flood to better perform search and rescue operations, officials said.

The MVFD is the first fire department in Texas to purchase a vehicle from Hydratrek for rescue purposes. The amphibious vehicle can travel up to 15 mph on land and up to 4 mph in the water and provides seating for up to 18 individuals with the attached raft.

Hydratrek and the MVFD worked together to create a custom vehicle for first responder efforts.

See the vehicle in action below.

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By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.