Jackson FD fighting brushfires with new gear

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JACKSON, S.C. (WRDW) -- Her home sits in the brush, surrounded by green, even some weeds.

"Beyond those trees down there," said Carol Robinson who lives in Jackson, South Carolina.

She's is in thick of it all, even when she was about to lose it all.

"It had me kind of worried, I was scared," said Robinson.

About a dozen trucks rushing down her dirt road, heading for the brush.

"Smoke, I kept seeing the smoke, I kept smelling it, and I said oh my God, where is it, I couldn't find it," she said.

But first responders could, unfortunately, they couldn't get to the brushfire.

"If a fire break out down here, we're lost," said the homeowner.

"There are some properties in our district that we can't even get the trucks in," Harvey Tollison with the Jackson Fire Department said. "This truck can get into a brush fire in places that big trucks can't get into."

When Tollison gets the call, there's nothing standing in his way.

The price tag is around $60,000 from taxpayer dollars. In a town with a small budget, this is a big deal. Tollison's calling it a lifesaver.

"It can not only do water, we can switch over and do foam which keeps the fire down," said Tollison.

Smaller flames means Robinson won't have to take matters into her own hands.

"I have a pool so I was saying I could throw water or shoot the water on it if anything came over," she said.

But she's got her eyes on what's now called Brush 9. She's thankful and grateful for the extra help.

"I'm good for that, I'd give you something for it, if you wanted it," she said.

She knows, her home is worth every penny, and her life is priceless.

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