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Douglas County Fire Protection District No. 2 is located on the Columbia River and covers 98 square miles, including the city of East Wenatchee. Its territory also includes range, orchards, forestland, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. District 2 assists Washington Department of Natural Resources, (DNR), in protecting private forestlands within the district.
As quoted by Assistant Chief David Baker, "District 2 needed a vehicle that could do three jobs well: off-road direct fire attack with extended operations, a tender to supply other trucks at brush fires, and a tender to shuttle water during structure fires far from hydrants. DNR located a truck through the firefighter property program that was the size and horsepower we needed to build a Type 3 Tender that would be effective for wildland and structure response.”
To help convert the truck, the District received $4,000 from a Volunteer Fire Assistance grant through DNR and the U.S. Forest Service. Assistant Chief Baker says the District invested about $56,000 from other funds to complete the truck’s conversion, which included a 1,800-gallon water tank—six times larger than those on the District’s regular brush trucks. The fire pump, manufactured by Darley for $11,000, is a turbo charged 3-cylinder diesel engine with a 300 GPM capacity.
“This purchase will hopefully allow us to lower our rating for our tender operations with the Insurance and Rating Bureau,” Assistant Chief Baker said. “We expect to use this engine at least 10 to 15 years.”
Reutilization saves tax dollars, and provides continued support for Federal agencies like the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Douglas County residents.