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Estacada Fire celebrates new engine

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Lt. Gordon Moore, left, and Engineer Nathan Ennis help push Estacada Fire's new Engine 111 into the Estacada Fire Station bay, a longstanding tradition. Estacada Fire personnel and supporters gathered to welcome a new engine into their fleet on Wednesday, March 25.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey speaks at the event celebrating the district's new engine on Wednesday, March 25.After an invocation was given, firefighters “wet down” the new Engine 111 and pushed it back into the fire station, a tradition dating back to when firefighting equipment was drawn by horses.

Division Chief Richard Anderson said this was the first purchase of a new fire engine for the district since 2010.

The district has three engines, two at the Estacada Fire Station and one at the George fire station.

The engines are replaced every 20 years through a major apparatus reserve fund.

Anderson said that over a year of planning goes into the purchase of a new engine and Chief Bob Morrisey himself drove Engine 111 to Estacada from Wisconsin.

The district paid $618,000 for the new pumper tender, which holds 2,000 gallons of water and contains a compressed air foam system.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Brooke Brown, an engineer/paramedic firefighter, wets down Estacada Fire District's new pumper tender Engine 111, on Wednesday, March 25.

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