They will still be using the smaller brush trucks to fight brush fires but can use the new engine to protect a house, with a wall of flames coming at it, Scott said.
The recent annexation of the fire district by ESD No. 1 has freed up funds for the fire department to reach several of the VFD’s goals.
With dwindling donations and growing costs, they likely wouldn’t have lasted more than three more years without an additional funding source, according to Scott.
“Joining the ESD has allowed us to receive the funds to buy something that wasn’t used and worn out already,” Scott said.
With additional taxpayer support from the ESD covering other costs, the department has been able to use the money they had been saving for a rainy day to finish improvements to their station in recent months, as well.
For the first time in 52 years, the station now has air conditioning, according to Scott — just in time for two paid staff that now cover the district from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, according to Scott.