Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Giving a helping hand

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo by Nils Ribi Carey Rural Fire District Chief Dennis Patterson was all smiles Saturday after taking ownership the former Sun Valley Engine 60. The Sun Valley Fire Department, having recently purchased a new pumper truck, gave its old pumper to fellow firefighters to the south, ensuring that the 1984 engine will remain in service in Blaine County.

The Sun Valley Fire Department, with the hearty approval of the City Council, gave its counterpart in Carey an early Christmas present on Saturday.

Carey Rural Fire District Chief Dennis Patterson took receipt of Sun Valley's Engine 60, a 1984 American La France Century pumper truck, after Sun Valley replaced it with a new pumper.

With the old engine considered surplus equipment, Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich wanted to keep the truck nearby, serving a city or organization within Blaine County.

In order to help the Carey fire crews get familiar with the 1,200-gallon-per-minute pump, 1,000-gallon water tank and compressed-air foam system, Sun Valley firefighters will train with their counterparts to the south over the coming months.

Sun Valley Fire Chief Jeff Carnes said his old pumper is especially suited for areas with no municipal water supply because of its compressed-air foam system.

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