After 12 years in service, the Yreka Fire Department received approval by the Yreka City Council at its meeting on Tuesday to sell a glitchy fire truck that has turned out to be a bit of a lemon. The council voted unanimously to allow Engine 415 to be sold as surplus equipment and authorizing the sale.
The Seagrave Type II 4 wheel drive pumper fire engine was delivered to the city in 2008, thanks to funds from Measure H, which passed with Siskiyou County voters in 2006.
Yreka Fire Chief Jerry Lemos said that the engine performed as excepted until the winter of 2018 when problems began to pop up.
This included the intermittent disconnect of the main fire pump, causing it not to work at times. There has also been the loss of headlights while driving at night. This included an incident where the lights went off and on at night on Highway 299, Lemos said.