In With the New(er)

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Michael Busse

In late July, Que­mado Lake Fire Chief Mike McDoniel and As­sis­tant John Grif­fin, elat­edly ac­cepted the long awaited de­liv­ery of a newer model fire en­gine from San Diego, CA. Un­der cri­te­ria set by the state of Cal­i­for­nia, the San Diego Ru­ral Fire Dis­trict iden­ti­fied sev­eral fire ap­pa­ra­tus des­tined for re­tire­ment for var­i­ous and sundry rea­sons.

Vince Clancy, Que­mado Lake Es­tates home­owner/ part-time res­i­dent and ac­tive fire­fighter, was in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing the trans­fer of the truck from San Diego to Que­mado Lake. Vince’s son-in­law, Tony Mecham, presently of CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire, spear­headed the ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tions re­quired to ef­fect the trans­fer, as­sisted by col­leagues Mike McDon­ald, Gary Croucher and Dave Nis­sen. Ca­tron County Man­ager Kate Fletcher was en­gaged dur­ing the process en­sur­ing ac­cep­tance of this ac­tion by the New Mex­ico State Fire Mar­shall’s Of­fice.

The do­nated ve­hi­cle is a Pierce Class A pumper built over a heavy Ford chas­sis pow­ered by a Cater­pil­lar diesel en­gine with Al­li­son drive train. The ve­hi­cle was shipped to New Mex­ico freshly cleaned and shined sport­ing brand new tires, a fresh main­te­nance regime, and par­tially equipped with an as­sort­ment of lad­ders, hoses and noz­zles, por­ta­ble lights, Honda trash pump and the like. The truck was even “tricked out” adorned with brand new “Que­mado Lake Fire

Dept.” de­cals on the cab. This newer and more func­tional fire ap­pa­ra­tus is des­ig­nated Unit 1303 and re­places a de­crepit GMC model gaso­line en­gine pow­ered pumper.

Due to the gra­cious ef­forts of Chief Mecham and col­leagues, all of this tran­spired with­out di­rect mone­tary cost to the state of New Mex­ico, Ca­tron County or Fire Dis­trict 13.

Mem­bers of the Que­mado Lake Fire Depart­ment have re­cently un­der­gone train­ing in the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of the ap­pa­ra­tus, have op­er­ated the pumps and “squirted wa­ter” and are ac­tively mov­ing re­quired and nec­es­sary equip­ment from the re­tir­ing ap­pa­ra­tus to the new 1303.

Con­grat­u­la­tions and ku­dos are due all around to Que­mado Lake Chief McDoniel, Vince Clancy, friends and fire brethren from San Diego, and other prin­ci­pals in­volved in ac­quir­ing this most gen­er­ous gift from San Diego and the state of Cal­i­for­nia!

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