The Christmas season has arrived early in Hunters, WA this year. With the assistance of a Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant, Stevens County Fire District No. 2 (SCFD No. 2) was able to replace a thirty-year-old military surplus pickup that had been converted for fire response.
This vehicle has been the primary response apparatus for the Bissell Lake area since 2002. SCFD #2 provides fire and rescue services for the communities of Hunters, Fruitland, Cedonia, Enterprise, Bissell Lake, and the Two Rivers area. The grant was the result of the 2016 State Legislature providing additional resources to increase local fire capacities for wildfire response.
With the grant, the district was able to secure a 2012 F350 4×4 with 5000 miles, re-purpose the firefighting equipment from the old truck and setup the vehicle for their local needs. The new truck will be able to transport more gear/fire fighters and be much more reliable. “As the Fire Chief for the District, I would like to express our deep appreciation to our local state legislators and DNR for this funding. As a perspective, this is the newest vehicle that the fire district has ever owned,” stated Chief Rick Anderson. “Without the grant funding, this type of project was unrealistic with our local budget.”
-Submitted by Stevens County Fire District No. 2