New fire truck for district |

New fire truck for district

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District has a new addition to its team – a fully loaded 2005 fire truck.The $418,000 truck was custom-designed for Parachute and Battlement Mesa and will make fire fighting and rescue missions more efficient.”Our old rescue truck was like a van and it didn’t have a pump so we always had to run two trucks,” chief David Blair said.Blair said it will be a lot easier to take care of fires, interstate accidents and other major emergencies with the new truck since it won’t require as much manpower to operate as the old two-truck system.Blair said a team of volunteers started working to get the truck five years ago and twice applied unsuccessfully for government grants.The truck will be stored in Parachute and on display at an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Lonnie Stanley, one of the volunteers who helped get the truck.

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