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Kremmling police and fire departments buy new vehicles

Katie Looby
Sky-Hi Daily News

Expect to see a new Kremmling Police Department vehicle on the road this week.

The department bought 2008 four-door, four-wheel drive Chevrolet Colorado pickup at the beginning of the year, said Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade. But it wasn’t until this month that the vehicle was equipped with emergency lighting and other gear needed to put it on the streets for official police business.

This is the department’s first four-wheel drive vehicle.

“So far, I’m pleased with it,” Spade said.

The $23,000 vehicle will allow the department to respond faster to emergency situations that require more difficult driving, such as road closures or forest fires.

This is police department’s fourth vehicle; there is one for each officer.

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The truck replaced a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, which will go up for bid shortly.

The Kremmling Fire Department’s new $80,000 Wild Land Engine Type 6 fire truck is officially in service, said Fire Chief Tony Tucker.

“It hasn’t even been on a run yet,” he said. “It’s strictly set up for fighting wildland fires. Initial attack is what it’s used for.”

It will carry 300 gallons of water, 15 gallons of Class A foam and five personnel. Class A foam is an additive that “puts fire out better (and) quenches it,” Tucker said.

This is the department’s fourth vehicle designated to fight wildfire.

“We have two Type 6 (trucks) now,” Tucker said, adding the other truck is 28-years-old. (Classification tells what a truck is capable of. Type one is for structural fires and has the largest pump capacity while Type 7, the smallest, is strictly for wild land fires.)

The truck fits into tight spaces, which is helpful in wooded areas.

Tucker said wildfires are the department’s second biggest call generator, after auto extrication calls. The tax paying portion of the district is 138-square-miles, but the area it serves is “much greater,” he said.

“The truck gets paid for through district funds, but a lot of our wildland fires are out of district,” Tucker said, adding that some people who are serviced don’t pay taxes to the district.

The department sent letters to some of the ranches outside of the district to ask for donations to help pay for the truck, “because the people right here in Kremmling aren’t going to benefit from a wild land engine,” Tucker said.

Three of the ranches sent in donations, he said.

The fire department bills people when they respond to structural fires or car wrecks outside of the district, he said.

Firefighters will train on the new truck Tuesday.

” Katie Looby can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or e-mail klooby@grandcountynews.com.

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