Atascadero to show disaster response vehicle

The city of Atascadero’s Fire Department is set to unveil its new disaster response vehicle in two weeks.

The new resource is a $100,000 endeavor that’s the result of more than a year of fundraising.

“This (vehicle) means we can arrive on scene with the materials and tools we need to quickly address emergency and rescue situations,” Atascadero Fire Chief Kurt Stone said in a statement.

The department can use the vehicle to respond to a variety of emergencies including those involving hazardous materials, swift water and collapsed buildings. Having a dedicated vehicle for technical rescues frees up two of the department’s fire engines for other emergencies in the city, officials have said. Neighboring fire departments, hospitals and utility companies could also benefit.

PG&E helped raise the money for the project by offering a $25,000 challenge to the community to donate and then matched the donations.

A news conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. before the Sept. 11 City Council meeting at Atascadero City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real. The trailer will be parked nearby for everyone to see.