Eagle fire truck will help with fire response times | VailDaily.com

Eagle fire truck will help with fire response times

Randy Wyrick | rwyrick@vaildaily.comFrom left, Lt. Lee Bruchez, Engineer Brian Garvin and Firefighter Randy Cohen are lined up in front of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District's new Timberwolf truck. The truck is able to travel through remote areas to fight fires.

EAGLE, Colorado – A new all-terrain truck will put Eagle’s firefighters on the scene of wildland fires faster than ever before.

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District’s Timberwolf is a four-wheel drive truck that will deliver a crew of four, 500 gallons of water, plus foam to nearly any off-road location.

It’s the first of its kind in the area, and it was designed by a local committee that made sure everything is easily accessible the second it’s needed, said Lt. Lee Bruchez.

“It’s important with the number of homes being built in the wildland interface, the district needed the ability to get the most capable truck into these remote locations,” Bruchez said.

OK, actually it’s a six-wheel drive and it replaces a 1977 truck and a 1999 truck, and has some of the most cutting-edge firefighting technology available.

It pumps while it’s rolling, which most trucks will not do, and has cameras on the front and back, so the driver can be certain of obstacles and every firefighter’s location.

The Rosenbauer Timberwolf is built on an International chassis and was the first of its kind.

It’s equipped with EMS gear, hazardous materials gear, extrication and rescue gear.

The tank holds 500 gallons of water and the pump will shoot 1,000 gallons of water per minute.

Once on the scene, the truck will be backed up by the district’s new water tender, which can deliver 2,500 gallons or water to the scene before shuttling for more.

“That will either knock down or get a good jump on most wildland fires,” Bruchez said. “With the increasing number of homes being built in remote areas, that becomes more important.”

The truck can tackle any fire from a wildland/urban interface fire, to structural and vehicle fires, and do it year-round, Bruchez said.

The truck will cost less to operate and maintain, Bruchez said.

It carries a $368,000 price tag.

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