Fire engine donated for use in east Lincoln County

Pictured in front of the recently donated fire engine (left to right) are East Lincoln County Fire and Rescue Board members Jeff Doyle and David Boyce; Sweet Home Fire Chief David Barringer; Sweet Home Fire Board Director Don Hopkins; East Lincoln County Fire Board members Bob Pearson, Dave Loomis and John Ehmer; and Toledo Fire Chief Larry Robeson. (Courtesy photo)

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

Hopkins has deep roots in Lincoln County, first as a Toledo High School graduate, then as a fifth and sixth grade math and science teacher in Waldport and later as a sixth grade teacher and assistant principal in Eddyville.

The gifted engine is a1991 Pierce Type 1 engine with an 800-gallon tank and a 1,250-gallon-per-minute pump. The district also owns a 2006 International water tender that carries 3,000 gallons of water with a 750-gallon-per-minute pump, and a 1995 International 4x4 brush engine that carries 800 gallons of water and pumps 150 gallons per minute.

This donated 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 and Rescue Board of Directors is planning to place a measure on the ballot that, if approved by voters, would fund construction of a fire station in Eddyville. The building would also function as a community center.

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