The Loomis Fire Protection District has a new, $326,000 fire engine manufactured in Florida. The new engine replaces a 1997 engine that will remain in service as a reserve.
Dave Wheeler, chief of the Loomis Fire Protection District, said the fire district was able to save over $12,000 by paying cash for the engine using money from their apparatus replacement fund.
He said that although the engine is designed primarily for summer vegetation fires, the increased pump size and additional room for rescue equipment and breathing apparatus will allow for quicker response times by eliminating the need for crews to switch vehicles for structure fires and vehicle accidents.
The new engine has seating for four personnel instead of the current three.
“To say the crews are very excited to see the engine put in service is an understatement,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said that personnel training on the new engine will begin immediately “so, we will be ready to go this coming fire season.”