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Engine-2 Returns to Service


July 06, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire Department announced the "Return to Service" of Fire Engine #2. Engine-2 is one-of-two primary response vehicles for the Ketchikan City Fire Department. Staffed daily by KFD's career personnel. Engine-2 responds to all calls for assistance within the City of Ketchikan with its counterpart, Medic-One.

jpg Engine #2 participating in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade Photo courtesy KFD

Engine #2 participating in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade
Photo courtesy KFD

Built in 1998, Jim Hill, Fire Chief Ketchikan Fire Department, said Engine-2 was in-need of serious maintenance resulting from its 12 years of continuous service. "It was time to either replace Engine-2 or continue to do expensive maintenance and repairs," said HIll.

Chief Hill said, "After investigating our options and with the current state of the economy, we decided "Refurbishment" was a better option when a comparably equipped New Fire Engine costs about $500,000. The refurbishment plan was chosen and we essentially have a brand new engine for less than half the cost of replacement. The actual cost to the taxpayers was less than $240,000."

The City of Ketchikan received proposals from several companies said HIll. United Fire Service Inc. of Everett, Washington was chosen as the contractor for the project with Emergency-One of Ocala, Florida performing most of the work. As you can see from the photos, the entire unit was disassembled, inspected, and completely rebuilt with all new electronics, mechanical systems, doors, and safety equipment. We also chose to return to the traditional "Fire Engine Red" color said Hill.

Hill said, "The staff at Ketchikan Fire Department takes great pride in the service we perform for the residents and visitors of the City of Ketchikan. The equipment we use plays a substantial role in the level of service we are able to provide. Thanks to you, the Ketchikan Fire Department will now be responding with a state-of-the-art fire engine, which should be on the road beyond 2020. We never lose sight of where the money comes from. Thank you, and please, come down to Station #2 and kick the tires on your new truck."


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