Airport, Truckee Fire district buy new $550,000 engine |

Airport, Truckee Fire district buy new $550,000 engine

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The Truckee Fire Protection District will be conducting a wildland fire exercise in the Tahoe Donner subdivision of Truckee on Saturday, June 29.
Courtesy Truckee Fire Protection Distric |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Fire Protection District and Truckee Tahoe Airport District recently partnered to buy a new fire truck.

According to a statement from Truckee Fire, the engine went into service a few weeks ago and will be based at Station 96 at Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The Rosenbauer Timberwolf engine was built on a 2014 International four-wheel drive chassis.

The truck cost $550,000, said Truckee Fire spokesman Paul Spencer, with the airport paying $425,000 for the engine, and the fire district paying $130,000 for equipment.

“Our engine that was based at the airport was almost 20 years old, so the timing couldn’t have been better,” Truckee Fire Chief Bob Bena said in a statement. “We can’t thank the Airport District enough for their generosity and partnership; this engine will provide many years of superior service to the Truckee community, not just the airport.”

While the multi-purpose engine has specific aircraft capabilities and tools, like a large foam tank, it is fully equipped to fight structure, aircraft and wildland fires, according to Truckee Fire.

It will be a “first out” engine, responding to fire calls throughout the Truckee area; it will carry four firefighters, 750 gallons of water and 50 gallons of foam concentrate.

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