Manitou Springs, El Paso County get fired up

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Two fire agencies in the region boast new additions to their fleets.

Manitou Springs Fire Department took delivery on a new Rosenbauer Commander Engine. The $600,000 engine hauls 500 gallons of water and 1,500 feet of hose.

Department spokesperson Dave Hunting says it’s the city’s second engine purchase in three years to replace aging apparatus.

The department now has four fire apparatus for use by its six full-time staff and 30 volunteers.

Also volunteer-reliant, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Division of Wildland Fire Management recently received a Type 6 brush engine truck. It’s part of a replacement plan started in August 2018 to replace an aging fleet “in need of constant servicing and repair,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

The truck, which cost $162,000 and is one of three engines, carries chainsaws, torches, 362 gallons of water, foam, hoses and other equipment.

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