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June 03, 2019   |   Government Fleet


San Diego Prepares for Fire Season with 10 New Engines

San Diego Fire Rescue (SDFD) in California has purchased 10 new engines to prepare for the upcoming fire season. Eight fire engines and two brush engines are currently being outfitted, and six of the engines will be deployed this week. The fire engines cost $789,000 each, and the brush engines cost $452,000 each, for a total of $7.2 million.

“Fires are now a year-round threat in California so we must ensure we have the best equipment and the most highly trained firefighters to keep us safe,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “The investments we’re making — from new engines to new and improved stations — will help our firefighters act quickly and effectively when our communities are at risk from wildfires. As we saw with the devastating fires across our state last year, you can never be too prepared.”

Of the city’s 132 heavy fire fleet units, 126 of the vehicles are made by the same company — Pierce Manufacturing. Having vehicles with the same engine components, operating systems, replacement parts, and equipment makes it quicker and safer for firefighters to operate them and for mechanics to complete repairs and maintenance, according to the city.

[Previously purchased equipment from Pierce Manufacturing is powered by diesel.]

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