The Utah County Fire Tatra and other fire personnel were deployed out-of-state this morning to assist fire fighting efforts in other states.
This morning, on 06/09/11, the Utah County Wildland Fire Tatra apparatus was deployed to assist fighting the Wallow Fire in Arizona. The Tatra is a highly specialized apparatus with its cab and chassis being built in the Czech Republic. It is only one of 26 in the United States built specifically for wildland fire use. The Tatra holds 2,000 gallons of water, 50 gallons of foam and is a 6x6 with the ability to remotely adjust tire pressure pending road surface quality. It is staffed with a crew of 5 and will be assigned to this fire for the next 14 days and possibly longer. A photo of the Tatra has been attached to this media release.
Utah County Wildland Fire Handcrew #2 was also deployed this morning to the Navajo fire, just South of Denver, Colorado. It is anticipated that this 20-person crew will also be out for the next 14 days. This crew has just completed its mandatory annual training and was assigned to assist fighting a fire within 18 hours of being made available nationally. Utah County Wildland Fire Crew #1 will be available nationally as of 17:00 hours today.
Both of these resources are paid for by the requesting agency, department, Forest or State. None of their operating costs are funded through the general funds of Utah County.
Reported by Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff's Office