While the Holtville Fire Department is a standard participant in the Carrot Festival parade, its entry in this year’s event on Feb. 10 will feature a new fire truck.
The Brush 36 engine was custom built in Florida by Pierce, according to a statement released by the department. It’s a fourwheel-drive vehicle that can access rocky or sandy terrain other vehicles cannot, making it ideal for fighting fires throughout the county or for joining wildfire strike teams across the state when called upon.
The new engine will officially be put in service on March 24 at a christening ceremony at the fire station that the community is invited to attend. Local residents will be able to join in washing the engine and putting it back into the bay where it will join the Holtville Fire fleet. Manufacturer Pierce has also invited Holtville Fire to participate in the annual Fire Expo in San Diego where it will showcase the new engine.
Because the Brush 36 was the last vehicle to come off the Pierce assembly line before the expo, Pierce wishes to use it as their expo demo. The cost of the engine was about $320,000. It is believed the bulk of those funds will come from the city’s reimbursement for aiding in fighting wildfires across the state.