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  • Fire and Rescue

    Operating as a Volunteer department, our entire protection area is defined by the boundaries of the Big Sandy School District of South Eastern Elbert County and includes parts of Northeastern El Paso County. The towns included within this coverage area consist of Simla, Matheson, and Ramah.

    The single 5-Bay Fire Station 211, we operate from is located in the town of Simla, Colorado.

    Wind-blown and dry grass-covered plains comprise a great deal of our geographic area so Wildland/Grass fires with limited water access tend to be one of our most challenging calls. The department also stands ready to respond to traffic and other accidents with rescue apparatus and tools designed for extrication/rescue. Having portions of two Colorado State highways (Hwy 24 and 86) included in our coverage area makes this an ever-present possibility, and often times the most serious.

    With each call being unique, the Department personnel work hard to be ready for any challenge that may arise. Ongoing training and the apparatus below ensure that responders have what it takes to deal with each incident effectively.

    Fire Prevention in the Home
    LP Gas Safety Tips
    Nat'l Fire Protection Association
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    Home Fire Safety
    Making the Right Call to 911

    Fire and Rescue Apparatus

    Brush 211
    Brush 211 is one of our oldest but 100% geared toward wildland fire responses. Complete with 4WD, this truck can make quick work of laying a wetline from its 425 gallon tank. This truck also serves as our snow plow when we mount and use the V-plow in the winter months for Rescues.
    Brush 210
    Brush 210 is our newest 4WD brush truck. built from a modified ambulance frame, with many hours of volunteer time put into it to serve as a second brush truck in the fleet. Its 425 gallon tank complements the brush response team.The tandem of Brush210 and Brush211 really allow the department to respond effectively to any brush fire incident.
    Tender 211
    What brush fire can be effectively attacked without water resources? What we cannot find on scene, we bring with us and Tender support is our answer to limited on scene water resources. The Water Tenders are our mobile H20 ammunition depots. Tender211 is one of the newer volunteer built vehicles in the fleet, and certainly one of the most valuable. We keep it filled to its 3000 gallon capacity and ready to roll,so it can either be used to fill brush trucks on scene or dump its load into a Porta-Tank (visible on the side of the truck) and head back for more. It does have the capacity to pump water at 500 gallons per minute, but its lumbering-hulk is designed for water support, not attack. Tank and pump from the original chassis were moved by the volunteers over to the newer chassis shown here.
    Tender 210
    Tender 210, like any other water Tender is slow when full, but can sure put a smile on any Brush Truck operator when they are in need of a refill. With 1500 gallons of water on the frame, it is another first to go, last to show vehicle, it gets the job it was designed to do done. With a hose line available it can lay a wet line down in an emergency at 350 gallons per minute, but its primary purpose is to bring the H2O and refill the Type-6 brush trucks that are designed to go head-to-head with the flames or it can to dump its load into a Porta-Tank and head back for more. Tank and pump from the original chassis were been moved by the volunteers over to the newer chassis shown here.
    Engine 210
    Pic 2,Pic 3,Pic 4, The pride of our fleet. Engine210 is our multi-functional first out engine. It serves as rescue, structure engine and can be used on wildland brush fires. It comes complete with a remote, cab operated front turret which can used during pump and roll operations. With a powerful pump to either pull from a hydrant or draw from another water source, it puts the pedalto the metal (1000 gallons per minute) in water pumping terms. A variety of hose sizes, ladders, and SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) bring the tools for fighting fires to the scene in one big package. It also brings an 625 gallon on-board tank to get things started. When this truck rolls onto the scene, something is gonna get wet! This unit was purchased in 2007 and is a custom built Rosenbauer Timberwolf.
    Engine 211
    Engine211 is our second due structure engine. This truck is set up nearly identical to 210, with the feature of having a water-cannon mounted to the top of the rig. This rig's on-board water capacity is 600 gallons. It's primary function is to attack structure fires, and is outfitted with that function completely in mind. This rig can move water at 1000 gallons per-minute, and like Engine210 requires a lot of hands to man effectively.

    Did I mention that it's a Mack complete with the Gold Bulldog adorning the front?

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