Douglas County Fire Protection District No. 2 covers a lot of territory: 98 square miles of rangeland, orchards, forestland, and a lot of empty acres managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. It also includes the City of East Wenatchee. The specialized equipment the District needs doesn’t come off the shelf and is expensive to build.
A U.S. Forest Service program, administered in Washington State by DNR, helps districts like No. 2 find trucks to modify.
District No. 2 Assistant Chief David Baker says the district needed a vehicle to do three jobs: attack fires off-road for extended periods, act as a tender for other trucks at brush fires, and shuttle water to fight structural fires far from hydrants.
DNR located a truck through the fire-fighter property program that was the size and horsepower they needed to build a Type 3 Tender for wildland and structure response,” Baker says. The district paid to transport the truck. To help convert it, the District got a $4,000 Volunteer Fire Assistance grant through DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. The District invested about $56,000 from other funds to complete the conversion, which included a 1,800-gallon water tank—six times larger than those on the District’s regular brush trucks.
The Firefighter Property Program (FFP) provides small fire districts low-cost access to engine and tender chassis that they can reuse as fire apparatus. It’s one of several programs DNR administers to help fire districts.
Now, will District No. 2′s new engine be featured soon on the CMT series Trick My Truck?