411: Cottonwood's new fire engine

The Cottonwood Fire Department took delivery last month of a 2007 American La France Eagle Fire Engine. The new rig is now on the street. This state of the art vehicle is equipped with the latest safety features, equipment and technology to operate at the most advanced level at any emergency incident in the city.

The city saved money by purchasing the engine as an add-on to a City of Phoenix contract for a number of engines in a sealed bid process last year.

The new American La France engine replaces a 1995 Pierce Quantum Fire Engine as the first-response engine for Cottonwood.

During the past month, fire department crews have been preparing the vehicle for service, transferring & mounting equipment and training themselves on its maintenance and operation. "Engine 411", as it is called, was placed in service on Saturday, October 14th and now responds to all emergency calls in the City including fire, rescue, medical, hazardous materials, aircraft, special operations, public assists and disaster incidents. It will also assist neighboring Verde Valley communities through the automatic aid and mutual aid response plans.

Fire fighters spend three days specifically training on the operation and maintenance of the on board compressed air foam suppression system (CAFS). This system provides superior fire fighting capabilities far exceeding that of water alone.

The Pierce will move into second-out status and replaces the 17-year old 1990 E-One Protector Fire Engine. The E-One will be sold or auctioned off.

Chief Mike Casson invites citizens to stop by the fire station at 191 S. 6th Street and firefighters will be proud to show the new vehicle.

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