Ketchum Unveils New Wildland Fire Engine

Ketchum City Councilman Jim Slanetz, left, Mayor Neil Bradshaw, Councilwoman Amanda Breen, Councilwoman Courtney Hamilton, Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin and Councilman Michael David take a break from a City Council meeting Monday to unveil the city’s new specialty fire engine designed to fight wildfires and protect homes in the rural-urban interface.

The city spent $306,875 to buy the Type 3 engine from Michigan-based HME Inc. The threat of wildfires is growing, a city news release stated.

“Following two winters of drought and early-season heat, fire danger in the Wood River Valley is at an all-time high for this time of year,” it stated. “Residents and visitors are urged to use caution with recreational fires, campfires or other potential sources of ignition.”