RIVERSIDE- As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will present a surplus wildfire engine to Okanogan Fire District 7, which covers the town of Riverside.
Commissioner Franz will ride the fire engine through the Omak Stampede Grand Parade with District 7 Fire Chief Arnold Stevens before officially transferring ownership to the fire district.
The 2017 Washington State Legislature authorized DNR to transfer ownership of its surplus engines to rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas at no cost. Along with the District 7 engine, DNR is also granting surplus engines this year to Okanogan County fire districts 12, which serves the area east of Mount Hull area, and 16, which serves the Aeneas Valley.
Last year, DNR provided surplus engines to Okanogan County fire districts 3, in Omak, 9, in Okanogan, 11, in Molson and Chesaw, and the Conconully Volunteer Fire Department.