Sweet Home Fire District will be accepting sealed bids for three surplus items. All bids must be accepted between 5/27/16 and 6/10/16. Bid must be submitted in an sealed envelope with Item number clearly marked on the front. Item # 1 -1989 ford E-350 with a 7.3 Liter diesel (minimum bid is $2000). Item # 2 150 gallon fiberglass water tank made to slide in a pickup B1-11 gas powered pump with a 40 amp hose reel 100 ft. rubber hose. (minimum bid is $100) Item # 3 – 8000 Pound Warn Winch – does have broken piece see photo. (minimum bid is $200) Items can be viewed during normal business hours. Bids must be submitted during business hours.
The Sweet Home Fire District has installed a “dry” hydrant in Cascadia. This dry hydrant will serve as the primary fire suppression water source for structure fires as well as wild fires in the area East of Sweet Home. Up until now the District has not had an adequate and reliable water supply in that area. This system is capable of supplying fire engines with 800 gallons per minute out of a 150,000 gallon pond, using our existing fire engines to draft the water out of the hydrant system. Previously the district had to resort to using a private hydrant only capable of filling one tender and then returning to the city to get water. The closest city hydrant performs 650 gallons per minute of domestic water and requires water tenders to complete a 45 minute round trip to travel there and back. The new hydrant is 9 miles closer and capable of supplying water faster. Having this “dry” hydrant in Cascadia is a huge improvement for fire protection in the area.
If photo is available it can be found here
Dry Hydrant installed in Cascadia (Photo)
At 8:22 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to their second possible structure fire of the day. Fire crews found a garage at 759 27th Avenue charged with heavy black smoke upon their arrival and 2 off duty firefighters directing crews to the believed origin. The fire appears to have started on top of an unused and disconnected washing machine in the rear of an attached garage. Residents of the house were made aware of the fire by seeing a small puff of smoke come through a hole used for utilities between the house and garage. Off duty firefighters in the neighborhood responded and were able to make access to the garage through a rear door and extinguish the majority of the flames with a garden hose, greatly reducing the amount of fire damage to the structure. Fire personnel ensured that the fire was extinguished, ventilated the structure and began the investigation. The origin is currently unknown but has not been ruled suspicious at this time. There was smoke damage throughout the garage and flame damage confined to the area directly around the washing machine. There were no injuries sustained.
At 5:55 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a structure fire at 1247 47th Avenue. They arrived to find a camp trailer and storage shed on fire behind the address. While deploying attack lines the fire momentarily spread to a standing fir tree and torched approximately 80 to 100 feet into the canopy but quickly subsided. Fire crews were able to extinguish the structure fire and prevent the remaining trees from becoming involved. No injuries were sustained and the cause of the fire is believed to be from the spread of burning weeds and grass for land maintenance purposes near the structure.