Fire Department celebrates new fire engines

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One of new engines dedicated to Carr family

Steve and Linda Carr pose with Engine 61, which was dedicated to the Carr Family and will be nicknamed Linda. (Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter)

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

Back in the 1800s, in the days when fire trucks were pulled by horse carriages, firefighters returning to the station after putting out a fire would have to unhook the horses and push the fire pumpers back into the station.

The tradition of firefighters pushing new fire equipment into the station by hand has continued since then.

“Whenever we get a new engine, it is bad luck to use the engine operationally until it’s been pushed into its home,” North Lyon County Fire Protection District Chief Jason Nicholl said Tuesday at a community event to celebrate the purchase of its two new fire engines with a pushing in ceremony at the Main Street Fire Station.

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One of the new engines will be housed at the Main Street Station 61, while the other will be housed at Station 62 on Farm District Road.

The District began looking to buy a new fire engine after one of its old engines experienced a catastrophic failure about a year ago. New fire engines cost about $700,000, but Nicholl said by buying two, the District was able to get them at a total cost of about $1.2 million. They are being financed over seven years.

“These are 20-year investments, so when you’re talking about $1.2 million, it’s a good investment,” he said. “The truth was that our fleet was just so aging, that we would have had to buy a new one next year too, and so to buy one this year and pay and extra $100,000 for it, to buy and another one the next year and pay an extra $100,000, that $200,000 is a year of engine payments.”

Firefighters push the new fire engine into the station.

Public Information Officer Jim Sullivan said having new, top of the line equipment will make a big difference for the crews responding to fires.

“The firefighters here at North Lyon, that’s all they do is train and they’re a great crew,” Sullivan said. “To have the best state-of-the-art equipment that’s not going to break down on them, it’s a heaven blessed sent to them. They’re beyond ecstatic to have this.”

Nicholl also announced that Engine 61, based on Main Street, is dedicated to the Carr family. Steve Carr has served a long and distinguished career as a firefighter, starting in 1972 with the Mason Valley Fire Department. With North Lyon Fire, he has been a firefighter, training captain, department chief, and he has twice served as the district’s interim chief. Linda Carr served several terms on the district’s board of directors.

“Statewide, this family has had a bigger impact on the fire service in Nevada than anyone else,” Nicholl said.

The engine will be named Linda.

“I’m absolutely, utterly shocked, but it’s an honor,” Linda Carr said. “We put a lot of time into this place and fire service is definitely in our families.”

Correction: Jim Sullivan is the public information officer for the North Lyon County Fire Protection District.

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