SHFAD gives engine to E. Lincoln district

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District recently donated a no-longer-needed engine to the East Lincoln County Fire District.

The East Lincoln County Fire and Rescue Board of Directors hosted a dinner on Aug. 21 for SHFAD Fire Chief David Barringer and Sweet Home Fire Board Director Don Hopkins in appreciation of their gift of a fire engine.

The gifted engine is a 1991 Pierce Type 1 engine with an 800-gallon tank and a 1,250 gallon-per-minute pump.

This engine will be stationed in East Lincoln County, and is part of a plan to improve emergency response in that area.

The East Lincoln County Fire Board is planning a ballot measure to fund construction a station in Eddyville, which would also function as a community center, according to a statement from the East Lincoln fire district.

During their dinner meeting, it was also learned that Hopkins has deep roots in Lincoln County, first as a Toledo High School grad, then as a 5th/6th grade math and science teacher in Waldport and later as a sixth- grade teacher and assistant principal in Eddyville, the statement noted.

The engine from SHFAD will be added 2006 International water tender that carries 3000 gallons of water with a 750 gpm pump and a 1995 International 4×4 brush engine that carries 800 gallons of water and pumps 150 gpm.