Type 6 fire engines provided by Oregon Fire Marshal

The Jefferson Fire District and Lebanon Fire District received a boost in their firefighting capabilities this week as the Oregon State Fire Marshal delivered its first type 6 fire engines to both districts. This announcement comes as a welcome development in the fight against wildfires in the state.

According to the Fire Marshal’s office, the deliveries mark a significant achievement in the OSFM Engine Program, which will improve firefighting capabilities throughout Oregon.

According to the release, the OSFM Engine Program has recently acquired 76 new apparatus, which comprises of 26 type 3 engines, 20 type 6 engines, and 30 water tenders.

Up to this point, departments statewide have received eight type 3 engines and eight water tenders from the state, in addition to the type 6 engines.

As soon as the state receives the apparatus, it will promptly deliver each one.

According to a release, Mariana Ruiz-Temple, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, expressed her enthusiasm for the arrival of the first type 6 engines at Jefferson and Lebanon fire districts. She mentioned that this program signifies a considerable investment in enhancing the safety of communities and increasing the efficiency of firefighting operations.

In 2021, the OSFM Engine Program was established through Senate Bill 762, which was signed into law by former Governor Kate Brown. As per the information provided on the state’s website, the program received $25 million in funding.

According to the statement, this effort guarantees that the local fire departments are equipped with the essential resources to efficiently fight forest fires and safeguard both people and assets.

According to Pierce Manufacturing, a type 3 fire engine is a larger vehicle that has a greater water capacity and off-road capabilities, making it an ideal choice for rural and wildland settings. On the other hand, a type 6 fire engine is a smaller truck that is often equipped with EMS response materials, allowing it to provide an initial response before the larger trucks arrive at the scene. Pierce Manufacturing confirms this information.

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