Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue (LWFR) is one of the fire districts in the state to receive a Department of Natural Resources surplus wildland brush engine at no cost. The selection process to receive an engine is based on fire districts that demonstrate a strong partnership with the DNR and also the community’s risk with wildland fires.
“We’re a community that’s at a high risk for wildland fires and we also have a need because we’re a rural, volunteer fire department with a limited budget that we can fix a truck up instead of purchasing one brand new,” said Chief Mick Lamar.
In order to buy a new brush truck, it would cost the LWFR roughly $200,000 and due to the tax base the district is faced with limited revenue.
“This would allow us to get a surplus truck from the DNR, probably get a good ten years use out of it and our investment in it will probably be limited to around $50,000 so it’s a cost savings to the citizens and also an operational advantage for our fire district,” said Chief Lamar.
The brush engine is expected to be in service by 2020.
2003 Ford F-450 1 Ton 4x4 Type 6 Engine
240 Gallon Tank
94 Gallon Per Minute Pump