Yurok Tribe Donates New Apparatus to Klamath (CA) Fire Protection District

Yurok (CA) Fire Department Chief Rod Mendes said he expects the apparatus to serve the KFPD for the next 25 years.

According to a report from Redheaded Blackbelt, the Yurok Tribe in California has donated a brand-new, fully equipped fire apparatus to the Klamath (CA) Fire Protection District (KFPD).

Yurok Tribe Chairman Joseph L. James said that he hopes the donation will enhance the health and safety of all residents in southern Del Norte County and northern Humboldt County.

Yurok Fire Department Chief Rod Mendes said he expects the apparatus to serve the KFPD for the next 25 years.

KFPD Chief Lonnie Levi said that the truck will improve the department’s capacity to respond to large fires, medical calls, and hazmat incidents.

The new engine was purchased with funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Manufactured by HME Ahrens-Fox and purchased through HME distributor Derotic LLC, the HME Model 18 Type 1 fire engine is an all-hazards response emergency vehicle that can facilitate fast and effective responses to structure fires, medical calls, hazardous materials, and rescue calls. It features a high-capacity pump, water tank, hose in multiple diameters, ladders, and foam capability and can also hold many different types of tools and equipment such as air lift bags, extension and roof ladders, a generator, ventilation fans, extrication equipment, large-diameter hose, self-contained breathing apparatus, and medical response gear.

The KFPD provides fire prevention and protection services and emergency medical aid. Many Yurok citizens reside within the District’s service area, which extends from Last Chance Grade to the Orick’s northern border. The Yurok Tribe’s administration building, Tribal Court, and emergency operations center (which is almost completed) as well as the Yurok Police Department’s headquarters are all located within KFPD’s response area.

The KFPD’s volunteer crew is the first to arrive at motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), structure fires, health-related crises, and many other types of emergencies. Similar to other rural areas, the nearest ambulance is about 45 minutes away and can take much longer if multiple concurrent incidents are occurring in far off locations. The KFPD’s crew often performs life-saving procedures to stabilize patients prior to medical transport vehicle arrival.

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