With a new fire truck on the way to the island, Unalaska wants to give away an older engine, preferably to another community in the same region willing to pay shipping costs. The city council at last week's meeting authorized donating the 1992 Pierce Arrow fire engine because there's no place to keep it safe from eagle attacks and other outdoor maintenance issues. The council was also updated on the wind energy study.
The city declined to keep the truck for backup, since all seven large garage bays at both fire stations are occupied.
"Being stored outside means personnel would need to keep the engine cleared of snow and ice at all times in order to maintain it in a response-ready state; even when cleared of snow and ice it would still take 15-20 minutes to warm up the engine and fill the brake air tanks."