YCWA helps local fire district purchase vital piece of equipment

YCWA helps local fire district purchase vital piece of equipment

The Dobbins-Oregon House Fire Protection District will now have the ability to better protect and serve the Yuba County foothills and some Yuba County Water Agency facilities with the purchase of a new, more efficient water tender.

A $100,000 grant, approved today by YCWA, will allow the district to replace its current truck, which was built in 1974, and will have the capability of holding 3,000 gallons of water to help fire suppression efforts in the foothills.

“A bad fire in the Yuba River watershed would be disastrous for the region and for YCWA facilities located along the river, including New Bullards Bar Dam and Reservoir and New Colgate Powerhouse,” said YCWA Vice Chairman Randy Fletcher. “It’s great to be able to provide funding for something that benefits us directly, but also has a huge impact throughout the foothills.”

The Dobbins-Oregon House Fire Protection District is a completely volunteer, nonprofit corporation that provides emergency first responder and fire services to a large portion of northeastern Yuba County.

“This truck will help us to more efficiently protect the people who live, work and play around New Bullards Bar Reservoir,” said Mike Lee, Dobbins-Oregon House Fire Protection District board chairman. “Without YCWA’s support, I don’t know when we would have been able to replace that old truck, which has served us well, but really needs to retire.”

YCWA is able to support a grant of this nature because of the potential impacts that a fire in the foothills could have on agency facilities positioned along the river.