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2/23/2012 4:27:00 PM
Cottonwood gets new fire engine
VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Fire Chief Mike Casson and the Cottonwood Fire Department shows off its new Rosenbauer engine.
VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Fire Chief Mike Casson and the Cottonwood Fire Department shows off its new Rosenbauer engine.

Cottonwood Fire put on display the city's new fire engine before this week's council meeting.

Fire Chief Mike Casson says the new Rosenbauer engine, now numbered "411," is complete with compressed air foam capability, a 1500-gallon per minute discharge and has the diesel engine with the new EPA clean air compliance standard for exhaust.

Casson says the engine is quieter operationally and has adopted a much more sophisticated electronic technology, with a "heads up display" so that all operations can be easily monitored.

A big plus for ongoing maintenance is that the equipment is built on a commercial custom chassis, rather than an exclusive fire apparatus chassis. That means that repair is available more readily at a lower cost, through the department's own contract mechanic.

The truck cost about $486,000 and is expected to have a lifespan of 15-20 years.

The department's second company will now use the American LaFrance engine, numbered "421" and the older Pierce engine will go into reserve status or for use on wildfire assignments.

-- Contact the reporter at jhutchinson@verdenews.com


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