DATE: June 15, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-78
JIGGS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FIRE ENGINE
This week, the Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department received a refurbished fire engine from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Under the Rural Fire Assistance program, BLM Elko Fire Management Officer Joe Freeland handed over the keys and title to a surplus BLM fire engine to Frank Zaga, Chief of the Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department.
“It’s a great deal for our volunteer fire department and we’re pleased to have the equipment,” said Zaga.
The engine and water tender transfer is part of an ongoing effort to enhance the fire protection capabilities of rural fire districts, under the National Fire Plan. Assisting rural areas is a major goal of the National Fire Plan in Nevada. This assistance includes grants to benefit rural areas, as well as assistance to volunteer, rural and tribal fire departments. Providing these rural fire departments with more modern, reliable fire engines and equipment improves both the performance and the safety of these volunteer firefighters. Fire engines will also be given to volunteer fire departments in Midas and Jarbidge in the near future.
BLM is working with its federal, state and local wildland firefighting partners, in an effort to use this additional funding to help enhance the capabilities of volunteer and tribal fire departments in the areas of training, supplies and materials, equipment, as well as prevention and education programs.
Nevada Division of Forestry Regional Forester Tom Turk remarked, “Turning the engine over to the Jiggs Volunteer Fire Department will be a big benefit to fighting fire in Elko and Eureka counties.”