Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue gets a new fire truck |

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue gets a new fire truck

Lake Dillon Fire took delivery on Wednesday of a new tactical water tender that will help combat wildfires, structure fires and vehicle fires — particularly in parts of the district without hydrants.

With a 3,000-gallon tank, a 750 gallon-per-minute pump and a rubber-sided, swimming pool-like “drop tank” that can be filled and left as a water supply for firefighters, the 2017 Rosenbauer tender will serve as an important addition to the LDFR tool box, the department said in a release.

“This tender is perfect for wildfires in our wildland-urban interface — where we have homes nestled in the woods — and for responding to incidents such as truck fires on Interstate 70, where there is no ready water supply,” Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino said in the release.

The new tender, which cost $310,000, replaces a 30-year-old Pierce Arrow tender that LDFR sold to a fire department in Terry, Montana.

Lake Dillon Fire personnel conducted pump and performance tests on the tender on Wednesday and will be outfitting it with equipment and tools. The department expects to put it into service within the next two weeks.

Among other benefits, the additional pump capacity provided by the tender will garner points from the Insurance Services Office, which establishes ratings for property taxes.

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