North Routt to show off equipment, provide info

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What: North Routt Fire Protection District open house

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Routt Fire Station No. 2, 61915 Routt County Road 129

Cost: Free

Call: 879-6064

— A recent addition to the North Routt Fire Protection District's fleet will make fighting fires a little easier.

On May 27, the district received a new four-wheel drive water tender capable of hauling 2,000 gallons a water. The new tender, which cost about $170,000, was purchased with the assistance of a Department of Local Affairs Energy Impact grant.

"We don't really have fire hydrants here. We typically transport our water to fires," North Routt Fire Protection District Chief Bob Reilley said. "This new tender makes everything much nicer, especially (having) the four-wheel drive in the winter."

To celebrate the new tender, and to provide an opportunity for North Routt County residents to socialize and get information about upcoming district projects, the district is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The open house will feature a barbecue and ice cream, opportunities for children to "crawl in the new truck" and general information about the district.

"This will be a good opportunity for folks to come out and see all of our new equipment, review our community wildfire plan, which is in its final stages, and some fun things for the kids," Reilley said.

Reilley said residents also will hear from the district's Board of Directors about the upcoming November mill levy ballot question.

"Basically these additional funds are needed to enhance the benefits for our volunteer staff and to ensure that we have adequate resources for volunteer support," he said.

Officials will discuss general forest health, wildfire mitigation and pine beetles during the event, he said.

"We want people to know what we've done the last five years with the money that built the new fire station, and what the future hold for us," he said.

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