Moscow, Idaho - Fire Engine to be Dedicated
July 27, 2018 (Moscow, Idaho) -- The City of Moscow and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to the Engine 26 Dedication Ceremony on August 4 at 9 a.m. during the Moscow Farmers Market. The highlight of the ceremony will be the dedication of the new Engine to Company 6, in recognition for the unwavering support from those volunteers and residents who staff the engine as part of their MVFD duties. Additionally, new to the dedication of an engine in Moscow is an official push-in of the engine into the fire station bay. This traditional celebration activity dates back to the days before motorized engines, when horse drawn hose carts would have to be pushed into the station.
The purchase of the Pierce Saber FR engine was approved by the Moscow City Council in the summer of 2017. The engine was ordered soon thereafter and was completed and delivered in May of 2018. Mayor Bill Lambert says of the purchase, “We are extremely proud to have made the purchase of this engine a reality. Through sound budgeting and strategic planning, we have adopted a long-term approach to funding these important pieces of equipment that hasn’t been done in Moscow before. Keeping our volunteers safe as they keep our community safe is of the upmost importance.”
The new engine has additional built in safety and storage features for volunteers such as state-of-the-art intercom communication devices, enhanced emergency lighting system, automatic chains, and additional storage throughout. The apparatus is equipped with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump capacity compared to the current engine’s 1,500 gallon per minute capacity. Basic medical equipment, air packs for eight firefighters and over 2,100 feet of fire hose are also featured on the new engine.
“Keeping current with the latest safety and technology is a critical component of the fire department for the safety of our members and to provide excellent customer service to our community” said Brian Nickerson, Fire Chief.
The public is invited to join the celebration on August 4 starting with Sparky the Safety Dog and Moscow Volunteer Firefighters ringing the bells to officially open the Moscow Farmers Market at 8 a.m. Following the opening of the Market, join City of Moscow and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department officials for the official Engine 26 Dedication Ceremony at 9 a.m. at Fire Station #1. From 8 to 11 a.m. the new engine and other safety equipment and vehicles will be on display and available for tours on Main Street at Fire Station #1.
For more information, please contact Brian Nickerson, Fire Chief at 208-883-7809.
Story Contact: Brian Nickerson, Fire Chief