The area is popular among outdoorsmen and features heavily forested hills and ATV trails. The fire department will use the 4×4-equipped Big Red to get where regular vehicles can’t go.
“The way it is now, we don’t have anything. If someone gets hurt we either pack them out or call another department. And that can take time,” Fire Chief Gene Cox told the Iron Tribune. “We had a forest fire once and we had to walk about three-quarters of a mile just to get to the fire because it was a ways back.”
Cox plans to outfit the Big Red with a 100-gallon water tank and hose, in addition to other tools.