CO Fire District Can Save More Structures in Wildfires

Hotchkiss Fire District (CO) Truck
The Hotchkiss Fire District in Colorado
owns a prototype fire truck that will supply its firefighters with enough water and foam to protect five structures. Their previous truck required a refill after just one or two structures. 

This engine is unique and rare which will cause this district to be called to future wildfires in other parts of the country to help save structures, according to a recent report from the
Delta County Independent.

The truck, purchased in part with a DOLA EIA grant, a grant/loan from USDA Rural Development and donations from the local mining and natural gas industries, will replace a truck that the Hotchkiss Fire District built themselves years ago.

The article quotes Jim Isgar, USDA Rural Development state director saying:

“Rural Development is proud to have helped the Town of Hotchkiss in the purchase of this new brush truck. Not only will this vehicle help Hotchkiss but it will also be available to other fire departments through mutual aid agreements. It is vital that we provide our rural first responders with the necessary equipment to get the job done and to ensure their safety in the process.”
The article continues to say that “the new engine is an excellent and valuable addition to the Hotchkiss Fire District and the North Fork Valley”.

Read more about this unique addition to the The Hotchkiss Fire District in the Delta County Independent article

Photo by Kathy Browning /Delta County Independent

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