Summit County firefighters roll out new engine |

Summit County firefighters roll out new engine

Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino smiled as several firefighters rolled a new engine into Station 2 in Frisco
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In a nod to the old horse-and-buggy days, Lake Dillon firefighters pushed a brand new fire engine into Station 2 in Frisco to commission it into service. While the new black-and-red engine does have a reverse gear, the traditional “backing in” ceremony dates back to the 1800s, when horse-drawn fire wagons had to be pushed back into the station.

The 2016-model Enforcer will replace a heavily used, 16-year-old engine at Station 11 in Keystone, allowing another engine to be transferred over from Frisco. Station 11 only had a ladder truck prior to the purchase.

“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,” Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue chief Jeff Berino said in a statement. “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.”

The engine was purchased for about $550,000 cash, without incurring any debt. It features a 500-gallon water tank, a 1,500 gallon-per-minute Hale pump, a Detroit DD 13 500-horsepower Diesel engine, instant chains that drop down for slick roads and LED scene and warning lights.

As firefighters stocked the engine full of tools, they organized fire equipment on one side of the vehicle and rescue equipment on the other for fast access.

“These things are kind of like rolling toolboxes,” Lake Dillon Fire spokesman Steve Lipsher said, gesturing to several color-coordinated sockets on one side of the engine.

Two sled stretchers were also stored in the back, along with about 2,400 feet of hose.

“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.

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