Two new fire engines dedicated

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Southwest Adams County Fire Rescue has two new fire engines.

The cost of each was $545,000. A tax increase was not needed to make the purchase. Chief George Ditolla said money was set aside for the engines and the cost was within the department’s budget.

The station crew dedicated the engines on June 6 during a traditional ceremony involving the transfer of water from the old engines to the new engines, a blessing over the engines and the teamwork of firefighters pushing the new engines into the garage.

“We haven’t had new engines since 2004,” Ditolla said. “So these new rigs are really great and they add a good boost of morale for the guys.”

The new engines will replace engines 11 and 14.

The new engines are 2013 velocity PUC Pumpers and come from Pierce Manufacturing and feature DD13 Detroit diesel engines, 750-gallon water tanks, 1,500-gallon per minute plumps and two 30-gallon foam containers. Both engines also have completely enclosed pump panels and seating for three people in the back.

Ditolla said a committee of firefighters and EMTs — including Gary Aranda, Mike Kary, Mark McDonald, Doug Owens and Craig Samoy — was formed to design the engines and look at what the needs of the station were and how best to meet those needs.

With call numbers increasing, Ditolla said it’s imperative to have working and reliable equipment. It’s also important to have custom-designed engines in order to carry all of the necessary equipment needed at calls, he added.

“There have been a lot of new innovations since 2004 in fire and safety, so it’s exciting for us to be involved in that,” he said. “With the new engines, we have the capability to carry more equipment when we get the calls, and depending on the nature of the call, we’ll be able to handle it.”

One engine will be housed at the south station at 3365 W. 65th Ave. and the other will be housed at the north station at 88th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard.

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