Stinson Beach firefighters got a new truck this week that is capable of carrying 2,500 gallons of water to both urban and wild fires.

Chief Kenny Stevens said the federal Department of Homeland Security gave the district a $207,000 grant to order the custom truck, and Fireman's Fund Heritage Program chipped in $16,000 for radio equipment. Firefighters trained with it yesterday.

"It worked really well," he said.

Stevens said the truck is white with a red stripe and was built by Hi-Tech, an Oakville company that specializes in custom fire trucks.

He said Firefighter Tommye Jarvis applied for the grant and her son drew up the blueprints.

The truck will be used primarily in Stinson Beach, Muir Woods and the surrounding areas.

But, he added, it will be valuable for fires around the county where water is difficult to come by.

He said the truck replaces a 33-year-old water tender that broke down frequently, needed parts that were hard to find and could not carry as much water as the new truck.

And for that reason, he said firefighters aren't going to be sad to see it go.

"There's quite a difference between the two," he said.

- Tad Whitaker



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