Corona (CA) Gets Fire Apparatus to Work Remote Locations

The Corona Fire Department will be getting a $242,000 brush fire truck, compliments of the California Office of Emergency Services.

The four-wheel drive vehicle comes with more than 2,000 feet of fire hose designed for battling rural fires inaccessible to most fire trucks, explained Corona Fire Chief David Duffy.

The gift comes with a caveat: any time the state needs help fighting a major wildfire, the truck and four Corona firefighters must respond. It’s part of a 1954 agreement with Cal Fire, and one which Duffy said has benefitted local residents immensely.

In April, the Highway Fire burned through the Prado Basin and toward Corona — threatening roughly 200 homes. Resources from around the state were dispatched with Cal Fire equipment.

The city has two brush fire trucks of its own, but Duffy said having another resource is key in such a volatile area. Most of the city’s fire trucks won’t make it up areas like Skyline Drive in western Corona, he said.

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