Hualapai fire district closer to third station

The Hualapai Valley Fire Department has received a new water tender truck and been notified that a third fire station will be a priority for Mohave County's application for federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

The truck comes equipped with a 3,750-gallon water tank and a 750-gallon per minute fire pump.

"This unit will enhance our ability to transport water to fires in the non-hydranted areas of the district," chief Wayne Eder said.

He noted that the tender will help the district reduce its Insurance Services Office rating, which should result in lower property insurance premiums for fire district property owners.

Eder said the department recently built an aircraft firefighting "mock-up" at Kingman Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires regular training involving aircraft incidents and fires.

"FAA will arrive next week to conduct an audit of both the airport and the fire department.

It is our goal to have met all FAA requirements to ensure compliance," said Eder.

Department personnel conducted their first training session Wednesday.

The mock-up simulates a crashed aircraft and is made of donated steel components and fueled with propane to provide heat.

The Hualapai Valley Fire District governing board voted unanimously on Wednesday to pay for a second training mock-up designed to simulate interior aircraft fires.

Eder welcomed news that the county will apply for $70,000 to $80,000 for a fire station.

"This project has been needed for many years, and will greatly enhance our ability to protect the lives and properties entrusted to us in our district."

The station will be built on two acres south of Stockton Hill Dam on the west side of Stockton Hill Road between Cactus Wren Road and the Arizona Game and Fish office.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday set priorities for the $708,000 the county will receive in block grant funds.

Susie Parel-Duranceau, the county's community development director, said block grant applications will be submitted by May for distribution in November.

The fire station will be built in anticipation of further annexation, battalion chief Oscar Lopez said.

The Hualapai Valley Fire District extends as far north as Cactus Wren.

Non-district property owners must initiate any further annexation effort, Lopez noted.