The Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection was hard hit by a wildfire and is now receiving help from Coos Bay, reports KMTR 16.
The fire department posted to Facebook, “Just in time for Christmas, the Coos Bay Fire Department delivered a life-saving gift to the Idanha/Detroit Fire District. This past September, the Beachie Creek wildland fire tore through several communities along the Santiam River just east of Salem. The towns of Idanha and Detroit were some of the worst hit; fire consumed over 90% of the homes and businesses including the fire department and its equipment.
Meanwhile, Coos Bay had a fire truck that had been replaced in 2019. The retired 1994 fire engine had gone to auction earlier this year, but interest was sparse and bidding failed to meet the minimum reserve price. In October the Coos Bay City Council approved the gifting of this truck, valued at roughly $7,000 to $10,000, to one of the communities that had lost or damaged fire apparatus during the summer wildfire season. Phoenix (near Medford) and Upper McKenzie (east of Eugene) were considered, but ultimately the greatest need seemed to be in Idanha/Detroit.
Fire Chief Mark Anderson drove the truck to Idanha on December 18.”