Ashland Places First New Fire Engine in Service
Ashland Fire & Rescue has placed the first of two new Type 1 Pierce fire engines in service at Fire Station 2. Firefighters and City Shop personnel spent hundreds of hours placing new equipment on the new engine known as 8802 and moving equipment from the old engine.
The old 8802 engine was sold in auction to Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District, approximately 70 miles east of Stockton, California.
The new structural engines carries 750 gallons of water, runs on a 500 hp engine and weighs 53,800 pounds. This engine is the first responding engine at Fire Station 2. The engine was purchased from the city’s equipment fund for the price of $576,000. A structural engine is anticipated to remain in service for 20 years.
A Type 1 engine responds to all fires, motor vehicle collisions and some medical calls. The two engines will replace the current front line engines which are of 1991 and 1993 vintage. Reliability of these older apparatus has significantly decreased over the years causing more maintenance and out of service days than feasible.
Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,500 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.