The Foresthill Fire Protection District held a community wide celebration on September 21st for putting the new Engine 90 into service. The Push – In Ceremony ia a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s when fire departments used hand – drawn pumpers and horse – drawn equipment. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station. So they were disconnected from the fire equipment and firefighters would push the equipment back in to the firehouse bays.
The day started with a fabulous Pancake Breakfast for the community hosted by the Foresthill Volunteer Fire Association. After enjoying the hearty meal the community was ready for the dedication and Push – In of the Engine. Fire Chief Kirk Kushen introduced the fire staff and gave an overview of Fire Engine 90. Fire Department Chaplain Vanderpool gave a blessing to the fire engine and to all of the Foresthill Fire Fighters. At this time, Foresthill men, women and children demonstrated their strength pushing Fire Engine 90 in to the fire house bay.
Fire Engine 90 was originally built as a factory demonstrator model. It is a 2017 Type 1 Structural Fire Engine built by Spartan Fire Apparatus as a manufacturer’s “demonstrator” unit. As a demonstrator unitthe engine includes numerous optional upgrades that the District would not be able to afford if purchasing the engine as a new build-up. The engine has beenused as a display model a trade shows and conventions but has not been in service as a front line engine. The original build price of $657,000 the apparatus was purchased by the Foresthill Fire Protection District for $399,994, a considerable savings for the community. In addition to the reduced cost, the ability to purchase this new engine was made possible by partners at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) that awarded Foresthill a grant in the amount of $160,000. The entire cost of the new engine is slated to be covered by development mitigation funds and the APCD grant.
Fire Engine 90 specifications include a Cummins 370 horsepower engine, four wheel drive EZ Track System, seating for up to six firefighters, 1,500 gallon per minute single stage pump, 1,000 gallon water tank, 24 foot extension ground ladder, auto extrication equipment and advanced life support equipment.