Fire Department Fleet
The first engine for the department is believed to be a hand-me-down from Madera County. In late 1935, Chowchilla purchased its first new fire engine which was delivered in April 1936. It was a Van-Pelt mounted on a 1 1/2 ton 1936 Ford truck chassis. It had a 500 gallon-per-minute pump with a 200 gallon water tank and a booster pump. This pumper is still in service today as a reserve engine for the department and is used for parades and special events.
In December 2008 the volunteer fire fighters with assistance of a grant from Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino purchased a Squad Engine mostly used for medical and rescue calls.
After the City created a paid Fire Chief position, a 1999 Ford F-150 was purchased for the Chief to use as a command vehicle.
Purchased by the City in 1991, the department acquired a 1992 International KME, a 1,250 gallon-per-minute pumper.
Our latest engine, a 2005 International Chassis with a Hi-Tech 1,500 gallon-per-minute pumper body, was purchased by the City and partially funded from the sale of a vacant lot generously donated by the McCombs family.
Fire Prevention Trailer
In June 2008, FEMA under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) provided funds to purchase the Fire Prevention Trailer. The trailer is used at local school and public events in educating youth of the importance of fire safety.
Future of Department Fleet
With the growth Chowchilla is experiencing, the department is looking into adding a 100 foot ladder truck to the fleet in the future. Funding options and maintenance methods are currently being evaluated for this addition.