By Mark Barnes
The Kuna Fire Department has had in use for several weeks now two new fire trucks greatly expanding their ability to cover fires unique to our area. The first truck, Brush 65, is a type 4, wild land engine that holds 850 gallons of water and the other, Brush 63, is a type 6 truck that can transport 320 gallons. A traditional fire-ladder truck is a type 1 truck that can hold 750-1800 gallons of water if it needs to but usually carries less than that. Type 1 trucks usually rely on other water trucks and sources such as fire hydrants to pump water from.
Due to the rural nature of many fires in the area, water trucks are often needed to help combat local fires.
“These trucks are going to give us versatility and allow us to handle more calls at one time,” said Captain Lawrence with the Kuna Fire Department. “It’s going to really help on the agriculture sites that are tough to get to.”
Because of the added water capacity he said it will also help them to stay on the fires longer before needing to go refill.