The Fire District operates a fleet of 7 engines and tenders for fire suppression capabilities. Engine 2711 is a Central States Spartan pumper/tender that is our first line engine for structure fires. 2711 was purchased with the help of a grant from the Federal government. This grant saved the tax-payers of the district thousands of dollars and made it possible to acquire this new engine in 2003. Engine 2721 is a Western States, interface engine that is four-wheel drive and capable of fighting both structure and wildland fires.
Tender 2761 is a 3000 gallon water tender with a front mount pump. It can supply water to any engine whether on a structure or grass fire. Engine 2741 is a type 3 brush engine that is four-wheel drive and is mainly used on natural cover fires and carries 820 gallons of water.
The small brush/grass engines consist of 3 pickup style engines called type 6 engines. Currently the District is replacing 2 old engines from the 70's with a 1991 F-350 Ford and a 2002 Ford F-550. This will add to our 2751 engine that is on a 1-ton Chevy 3500 chassis that also carries our hydraulic rescue tools that responds on motor vehicle accidents.
Upgrading apparatus is constantly being evaluated as the Fire District needs dependable and effective fire apparatus to provide quality fire suppression. In today's world of tight budgets this can be very difficult as prices increase every year but budgets don't seem to keep up. By maintaining our apparatus with a comprehensive maintenance plan we can get the most out of our current fleet, while stretching the most out of the budget. Here is 2753, a 1991 Ford F-350 built by the Mallory Corp. The engine carries 250 gallons of water and has a foam system to help extinguish class A fires.
Our newest type 6 addition is 2752, it's a white, 2002 F-550 that was acquired from the federal government via the FEPP program. This engine didn't cost the District any money and is a valuable addition to our fleet. 2752 has a 300 gallon tank and 20 gallon foam tank and is powered by a power stroke diesel motor. This engine is used in-district and on severity work for the Oregon Department of Forestry during the summer fire season. Below is 2741, our type 3 CAFS engine that has a 820 gallon tank and an independent diesel motor that power's the pump and compressor, enabling it to pump and roll on natural cover fires.
Our current apparatus replacement plan is focusing on a new water tender to replace 2762 in the next 2-5 years. The newest addition to the fleet is a 1999 Chevy Tahoe SUV. It is the Districts first command vehicle that are command staff uses to respond to emergencies and is also available to transport students to classes and training's. The Tahoe was purchased from the Umatilla Fire District for four thousand dollars that is being paid over four years at one thousand dollars a year. Having this vehicle available for the chief will enable him to respond directly to the scene of an emergency with first-aid equipment or start directing operational actions at a fire scene.
Currently the District puts money away every year in it's equipment reserve fund to be able to purchase apparatus without asking the voters to pass equipment bonds, however, equipment prices are quickly out-pacing our reserve fund totals and other funding avenues are sometimes used to purchase apparatus. In past years the District has been given an ambulance and purchased a used engine from Hermiston Fire District and just recently acquired a FEPP engine from ODF. These opportunities has allowed the District to stretch our budgets further and helped save thousands of tax-payer dollars.