PITTSBURG — Volunteers at the Scammon Fire Department are better prepared to respond to a brush fire after the Pittsburg Fire Department donated equipment on Monday.
“A (brush) fire is our biggest response,” Assistant Scammon Fire Chief Jason Spencer. “It will definitely help a lot.”
The equipment, also known as a “skid unit” since it can slide off one truck and onto another, has a water pump and tank unit, a hose reel and generator. The equipment donated also includes a Jaws of Life — a tool Scammon did not have before.
The volunteers hauled it off of the back of a trailer and already have a truck to slide the skid unit into. It will add to the 12-volunteer department’s fleet, which includes two engines and a rescue truck.
The equipment comes off of the back of a 1986 truck. The truck will be moved to another Pittsburg station. Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons said donating the equipment has more value to the area then selling the gear.
“Our area departments are struggling financially,” Simons said “Any time we have the ability to donate to approve their response time to put those fires out is a good thing,”
Simons said he was contacted last year by Scammon’s fire chief, Scott Poor, about additional equipment. The timing was perfect as Pittsburg had just discovered they received a grant to purchase a new brush truck and equipment, which was put into commission last month.
The new brush truck and equipment is valued at $94,000, with half coming from a Community Development Block Grant and the other from Pittsburg Fire Department’s budget.
The equipment includes two hose reels, two pump cans, two blowers, an axe, chainsaw along with the generator and water pump and tank unit.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.