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"New" fire truck delivered to Blaine County for rural fire protection


September 12, 2018

Don Pyrah, DNRC Lewistown; Scott Gallus, Chinook Fire Department; Eric Pallas, DNRC Missoula; Kraig Hansen, Blaine County Fire Warden; and Blaine County Commissioners Frank DePriest and Tom Fairbank pose beside a Type II Water Tender delivered in early September to Blaine County. The truck was transferred to Montana DNRC through a Department of Defense surplus property program and reconfigured from a semi-tractor to a water tender by the DNRC shop in Missoula. Designated for wildfire suppression, the new unit will be housed at the Chinook Fire Hall.

Two Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) employees recently delivered a rebuilt 2008 Freightliner Type II Water Tender to the Blaine County Shop in Chinook. The fire fighting equipment is part of a joint program between the Montana DNRC and the U.S. Department of Defense's Fire Fighter Property Program. The new piece of equipment will be housed at the Chinook Fire Hall.

Don Pyrah, Fire Program Manager for the NE Land Office (Lewistown) of the Montana DNRC, accompanied the new truck to Chinook. Pyrah was last in Blaine County to deliver a new rural fire protection truck in 2014. Th...

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