June 27, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) — The City of Moscow and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department invites the public to the Engine 27 Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.
The event kicks off with Sparky the Safety Dog and Moscow Volunteer Firefighters ringing the opening bells at the Moscow Farmers Market at 8 a.m. After which they will make their way down to Fire Station #1, 603 S Main, where the new engine, other safety equipment, and vehicles will be on display and available for tours. The Engine 27 Dedication Ceremony will commence at 10 a.m.
The purchase of Engine 27 was made possible when the Idaho Department of Commerce notified the City of Moscow in the spring of 2018 that it had been awarded a $289,000 Idaho Community Development Block Grant to be used toward the purchase of a pumper fire engine which costs $545,472. Engine 27 was delivered in the spring of 2019 and joins Engine 26, which was delivered in the spring of 2018.
Mayor Bill Lambert notes, “This process is a direct result of the strategic planning and priority-based budgeting process the City has adopted in recent years. We are now purchasing this equipment without the need for bond funds and it has allowed us to repurpose our retired engines. It’s created a win-win for Moscow and surrounding areas enhancing fire safety for residents and volunteers serving our towns throughout the region.”
Engine 27 has additional built in safety and storage features for volunteers such as state-of-the-art intercom communication devices, an enhanced emergency lighting system, automatic chains, and additional storage throughout. The engine is equipped with a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, basic medical equipment, air packs for eight firefighters, and over 2,100 feet of fire hose.
The City of Moscow would like to thank the volunteers and residents of Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Company 7, who staff Engine 27 as part of their MVFD duties, for the unwavering support they provide.