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Fire Department gets new engine
Colusa Fire Department added a new engine to their structure-fire fighting arsenal this month, when Engine 551 — built by Hi-Tech Fire Apparatus — rolled into town from Oakdale, CA after it was ordered 11 months ago.
The type one structure fire fighting apparatus, set to replace an older engine in the fleet that will be rotated out of service, will not be fighting fires until February.
"We're going to take this month to put all the necessary fire equipment on the truck, including hose," Colusa Fire Department Chief Randy Dunn said on Monday. "We're going to put each person who is going to drive this through the process of passing a driving, pump, and inventory test."
Engine 551 comes as part of a replacement plan that the department has been using for 30 years, said Dunn.
"It's a10-year plan on replacement. Every 10 years, we get a new engine and rotate an old one out," he said.
Dunn said the cost of this engine was $360,371, but only about half of the money came out of the City of Colusa's general fund.
"Half of the purchase of the engine was paid with non-general fund money. When we go out on strike teams, we get reimbursed for that (by the state and other agencies we assist). After we pay our personnel, any extra money is put back into the fire department. Some of those moneys go to replacing the equipment. We were able to come up with $180,000 from strike team moneys and the sale of old equipment," Dunn said.
Dunn said the new equipment will keep the department in good shape for years to come.
"We have two nice structure engines less than 11 years old to work with, which is pretty good. We're ready for the future," Dunn said.