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Politicians to visit Beaver Creek fire station

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyRep. Christine Scanlan and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will tour Beaver Creek's new fire truck this weekend at the Elk Track Road station.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Rep. Christine Scanlan and gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will check out the new Type III wildland fire truck housed at the Beaver Creek fire station on Elk Track Road.

The Beaver Creek Metro District recently acquired the truck to improve its wildland fire fighting capabilities. The new fire truck, the first of its kind in the Vail Valley, has off-road capabilities that will help fight fire should it erupt in the wilderness that surrounds the Beaver Creek Resort.

-The new wildland fire truck has some unique characteristics that allow it to bring the fight to the fire in the backcountry. With extra high ground clearance, a short wheelbase, super low gearing and a powerful diesel engine, it is capable of navigating most backcountry dirt roads and climbing steep hills with a full load of water and personnel. It carries 500 gallons of water just like a standard pumper engine. With a double cab, it can transport four fully-equipped firefighters. When it gets to the fire scene, it brings some of the most up-to-date firefighting technology. It carries 1,000 feet of 1.5 inch hose and 800 feet of 1 inch hose. In addition, the truck is outfitted with both a gel and a foam fire suppression system. These systems are used to coat buildings in the path of a wild fire in order to prevent them from igniting.

“We’re excited to add the new truck to our fire fighting capabilities,” said Clyde Hanks, general manager of the Beaver Creek Metropolitan 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.”

For more information on the wil land fire truck, visit http://www.beavercreekmetro.com.

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