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Date: September 22, 2022

Information Release –New Wildland Type VI Engine

Pagosa Fire Protection District is proud and excited to announce the arrival of a new wildland Type
VI engine.
Pagosa Springs, and the surrounding area, has a substantial urban interface area – areas where
residences and forested areas meet. To protect our community against wildland fires, the district
has the responsibility to maintain an adequate fleet of brush engines. The PFPD Apparatus
Committee consistently evaluates the needs of the Fire District as well as the cost of operations
necessary to maintain a fleet of high-quality equipment for firefighters to provide for the best
possible protection. This new engine will serve as a replacement for older, outdated equipment.
The new engine, known as Brush 91, is equipped with a 400-gallon water tank (previous engines
had 250-300 gallons) which will provide much needed water for fire extinguishment. The engine
has an axillary diesel pump that draws fuel from the engine’s tank which reduces the need for
secondary fuel tanks and allows the pump to run for longer periods without having to shut down
and wait for the pump to cool down before refueling. Larger storage compartments will assist in
carrying more equipment efficiently and providing easier access to commonly used items.
Chief Larson said, “The Apparatus Committee has worked hard to make this new apparatus a
reality. With due diligence of our finances, PFPD was able to purchase the Type VI wildland engine
without having to go into debt or ask the taxpayers for more money. We are very proud to be able
to have this new vehicle to help protect the people of the Pagosa area.”
Check our Facebook page, Pagosa Fire Protection District, for crew updates and pictures.
Submitted by: Pagosa Fire Protection District Public Information Division
Approved: Randy Larson, Fire Chief