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Loomis to get new fire engine

Station to change number to historic designation
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: New fire engine ceremony

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday

Where: South Placer Fire District Station 28, 5840 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis

Residents are invited to welcome the newest member of South Placer Fire District Station 28 Wednesday with the public unveiling of a new Type 1 structure engine.

The station will also change its number from 28 to 18.

South Placer Fire District Battalion Chief Darren McMillin said the change in the station’s number will not have any significant effect on Loomis residents.

“Historically, South Placer Station 18 was a volunteer station, Loomis used to be Fire District 18 and South Placer was Fire District 26,” McMillin said. “Back in the day, the county renumbered all of the fire stations county-wide and Loomis became Station 28. Now that we are one district, it makes sense to have the stations numbered sequentially.”

It was good timing to change the station number, McMillin said, as it coincides with the new fire engine’s arrival. The fire engine will be lettered and stenciled with the Loomis station’s new number.

The fire engine “is going to be a great addition” to the station, according to McMillin, who said the new engine is part of a scheduled replacement plan.

“As apparatus ages, we replace the old with new, in this case a state-of-the-art engine,” McMillin said. “The old engine will go into reserve status and be used as backup. The old engine served us well but it’s getting older.”

The new engine is a benefit to the community because it will be easier to maintain.

McMillin said the cost of the new fire engine is $635,000 fully equipped and is expected to be used by the station for 20 years. The funds to pay for the engine were paid directly from Loomis Fire Protection and Emergency Services assesment district funds and developer mitigation funds, McMillin said.

South Placer Fire District Chief Eric Walder is also excited about the “state-of-the-art” addition. “This new fire engine, designed by the district’s firefighters, will serve the Loomis community for the next 20-plus years,” Walder said. “The current engine will go in to reserve status after serving the citizens of Loomis and the surrounding area as the front line fire engine for the past 14 years.”

Loomis resident Russ Kelley, a South Placer Fire District board member, said the new fire engine is “a great tool to help us get done what we have to do.”

“When you upgrade equipment, it makes things easier,” Kelley said, “and when you are in an emergency situation, that’s critical.”