- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Bend Fire Department is getting around town in shiny new fire engines as two of the six new engines the department purchased to upgrade its fleet have arrived.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/xAzKo5 ) that the trucks arrived about a year behind schedule after engine specifications and manufacturing took longer than expected. The Bend City Council approved the purchase in June 2014, with hopes to use the engines in early 2015.

Department paramedic firefighter Trampas Mayer, who helped spearhead the replacement effort, says the new South Dakota-made engines are more fuel efficient and can deliver water and a higher pressure.

The current engines were purchased in 1995. Last year, then-Bend Fire Deputy Chief Doug Koellermeier said the engines often needed repairs, decreasing the number of engines available for emergencies.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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