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3 December 2015
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Lake Dillon Fire rolls new engine into service
What’s black and red all over?
It’s neither a penguin with a sunburn nor a newspaper; it’s Lake Dillon Fire’s new fire engine, which will be put into service this afternoon after a ceremonial “backing in” of the rig at LDFR Station No. 2 in Frisco.
Built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisc., the 2016-model Enforcer features a Detroit DD 13 500-horsepower Diesel engine, a 500-gallon water tank, a 1,500-gallon-per-minute Hale pump, side roll- and frontal-impact protection, LED scene and warning lights and instant chains for slick roads.
And distinctive for Lake Dillon Fire, it features a striking black-over-red color scheme, similar to some traditional styles used in larger municipalities.
The new engine, which cost about $550,000, was purchased with cash and without incurring any additional debt to the district’s taxpayers, and with some shuffling of apparatus, it essentially replaces a heavily used, 1999-vintage engine out of LDFR’s Station 11 in Keystone.
“The demands of operating in our high elevation and bad weather – as well as the steep grades in our district – take a heavy toll on our apparatus,” said LDFR Chief Jeff Berino. “We are fortunate to have our own top-notch fleet-maintenance department to extend the longevity of our vehicles. But at some point, their reliability and capability become limited, and improvements in technology and higher safety standards – plus increased down time – make it necessary for us periodically to upgrade to dependable new equipment.”
In its inauguration, the engine will be physically “pushed back” into the engine bay by Lake Dillon crews as part of firefighting tradition dating to the days when horse-drawn fire wagons were more easily pushed into a fire station than backed by the team. But that’s just for show: The department actually did pay for a six-speed transmission that includes reverse.
“This is a front-line, all-hazards response vehicle, and it will meet the heavy demands posed by our firefighters in responding to vehicle crashes and extrications, medical emergencies, hazardous-materials spills and technical rescues,” Berino said.