County to support Riverton Fire District Request

The Riverton Fire Protection District is seeking funding for a new tender and fire engine from the State Loan and Investment Board. Wyotoday.com photo by Ernie Over

The Fremont County Commissioners this morning agreed to provide a letter of support to a Riverton Fire District request to the state for two new pieces of apparatus. Jeff Kehl, Fire District Administrator, said they want to replace two 20-year-old engines with a pumper tender used primarily out of the city and a 1,600 gallon fire engine for use within the city and the urban interface around Riverton. Kehl put the cost of the two at about $1.3 million.

“We’ve been saving for this and we have $650,000 in reserves we can use for the purchase,” Kehl said. “We’re not asking you for any money, just a letter in support of the request.” He said the district is asking the state for the other half of the cost.

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When asked if the grant is successful, what would happen to the units phased out? Kehl said the State Fire Marshall maintains a list of fire departments needing equipment, so the first priority would be selling to other departments within the state. “Some of this equipment would be very useful to a smaller department,” Kehl said.

The application is due in Cheyenne by February 16th and the grant request will be heard on June 17th.

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