Release Number: BMFO 2004-28
For Release: July 20, 2004
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE BLM ENGINE
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office (BMFO) is donating a 1991 International 4800, 4-wheel-drive, Type 4 Fire Engine to the Smith Valley Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The donated engine will be delivered to the Carson City BLM Field Office where processing to the Smith Valley VFD will take place.
In recent years, and through guidance from the National Fire Plan, the Nevada BLM has provided assistance in the form of equipment and vehicles to many rural volunteer fire departments. This effort supports the congressionally funded Rural Fire Assistance Program.
BLM policy requires the replacement of engines and all of its vehicles when mileage and usage hours have met their maximum capacity. While the donated engine no longer meets Balm’s equipment policy, it is in sound mechanical condition and meets standard safety requirements. According to Dave Davis, BMFO Fire Management Officer, “The engine was purchased new and has been well maintained. It should provide many years of continued service to Smith Valley’s VFD. VFDs also provide a service to the BLM as initial attack responders on wild land fires.”
Nevada continues to face drought conditions. Wild land fire is an essential, natural process that requires land management agencies to commit to a balanced fire program that will reduce risks and realize benefits of fire. Improving the health of the land and reducing risks to communities requires partnerships among federal and state agencies, tribal governments, fire departments, communities, and landowners. Please visit your local BLM office for brochures on wild land urban interface topics such defensible space, campfire safety and fire prevention.
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