Monument donates fire engine to town of Dinosaur |

Monument donates fire engine to town of Dinosaur

Craig Press staff report
Andrew Walters, NPS engine boss, and Steve Heppner, Dinosaur fire management officer, along with Dinosaur Acting Superintendent, Patrick Walsh, hand over the keys to a donated fire engine to Troy Zufelt, fire chief for the Artesia Fire Protection District.
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DINOSAUR — A volunteer fire department has an additional truck to help with efforts to fight wildfires after a donation from Dinosaur National Monument.

Acting Monument Superintendent Patrick Walsh and Fire Management Officer Steve Heppner announced the donation of an extra fire engine from the monument to the town of Dinosaur, making the transfer Friday, Aug. 17. Artesia Fire Chief Troy Zufelt received the truck on behalf of the department.

“Though it’s an older engine, it is in good shape and will upgrade Artesia’s fire engine fleet,” Heppner said. “It will still provide years of service to the Volunteer Fire Department.”

The donated fire engine is a Type 6 engine, designed for use in rural settings. It includes equipment to conduct an initial attack on wildland fires and has room for three firefighters.

The engine was originally purchased in 1997 for $68,956 and was used in fire suppression activities at Black Canyon, in Gunnison National Park, and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Fire suppression at those locations is now coordinated through an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management Office in Montrose. 

Dinosaur National Monument has an agreement with the Artesia Fire Protection District in Dinosaur to coordinate fire prevention/suppression activities in wildland firefighting efforts including the use of equipment.