Beaver Creek gets off-road fire truck
BEAVER CREEK – The Beaver Creek Metro District has recently acquired a new wildland fire truck for the Beaver Creek Fire Station. The new fire truck, the first of its kind in the Vail Valley, has off-road capabilities that will help protect and fight fire should it erupt in the wilderness that surrounds the Beaver Creek Resort. Beaver Creek’s old brush truck will be retired. While small and nimble, the old truck lacked the crew carrying capacity, the water capacity and the off-road capabilities of the new vehicle. Another wildland fire truck will join the Eagle River Fire Protection District fleet at some point in the near future.Since the new truck arrived last week, staff from the Eagle River Fire Protection District and Beaver Creek Public Safety have been training with the new vehicle. The Beaver Creek fire house is staffed by firefighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District and firefighting efforts within Beaver Creek are supported by Beaver Creek Public Safety officers, all of whom are certified firefighters.The truck has the ability to carry 500 gallons of water, is equipped with seating for four firefighters and can pump 500 gallons per minute. It carries 1,000 feet of 1.5-inch hose and 800 feet of 1-inch hose. In addition, the truck is outfitted with a gel and a foam fire suppression system., which is used to coat buildings in the path of a wildfire in order to prevent them from catching fire.The off-road capability of the truck will enable firefighters to combat flames in otherwise difficult to reach areas. The Beaver Creek community is bordered by thousands of acres of National Forest land. Should wildfire threaten the ski area, the new truck should be able to reach any part of the ski mountain and the gel and foam systems should be able to protect existing structures on the mountain.”We’re excited to add the new truck to our fire fighting capabilities,” said Clyde Hanks, general manager of the Beaver Creek Metro District. “Not only does this truck enhance our protection within Beaver Creek, but we will be able to lend valuable support to efforts to fight wildland fires throughout the valley, reducing the risk that fires upwind of the resort ever reach us.” Beaver Creek’s new fire truck will be housed at its fire station up on Elk Track Road, but will be available for use throughout Eagle County.For questions or comments: contact Clyde Hanks, General Manager, Beaver Creek Metropolitan District, (970) 748-9174.