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Fire District 3 Gets New Engines

New engines mean increased safety for the community.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 6:40 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 6:42 PM

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- It took 25 years for District 3 to get a set of identical, customized engines.

"It was a vision of Berry Hoffman's, a retired operations chief, 25 years ago to have a standard customized set of equipment," said Bryan Cohee, the Captain of Fire District 3. "And we've been working toward that over the last 25 years."

In December, Fire District 3 finally reached that goal. Two new fire engines came all the way from Wisconsin to White City and Central Point. The two custom-designed engines will be used for the next 10 to 15 years. This is first time all fire trucks in District 3 are the same.

"All of our equipments, all of our extraction equipment is in the same compartment on all four engines," Cohee said. "So I could go work out in Eagle Point and it's gonna be in the same compartment as it is on this fire engine here."

Having the same engines across the district allows firefighters to respond quicker during emergencies.

"We need to be prepared for any type of call we go on," Cohee told Newswatch12.

Other features on the new trucks include the ability to move with the fire, larger pumps for water, elevated lighting and more compartment space.

The most obvious new feature: a bell. A new District 3 tradition starts here with these trucks.

"We will dismount that bell and remount it on the new [trucks], so we will be passing it along," Cohee said. 

It's a tradition generations to come can continue to enjoy.

"We drive by playgrounds and now we have the bell that we can ding for them."

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