COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Springs Fire Department is donating a 75-foot aerial fire truck to our sister city in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico.
“They don’t have many funds for their department, so they’ll use what they can get,” said Captain Mike Smaldino, Public Information Officer with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. "This is going to be one of the newer apparatuses that they got, and hopefully they’re going to be able to use it and use it well.”
The truck went out of commission when CSFD got a new aerial truck about a year ago, but it still works and it will give our sister city a new vantage point when fighting fires.
“There is a ladder on top that goes 75 feet in the air," said Smaldino. "This one is special. If they need to do a rescue from a building, this one has a waterway in it so they can spray water from the top if they need to.”
This is the 10th donation from CSFD to the department in Casas Grandes, but the first aerial truck they’ve ever donated.
Fire crews from Nuevo Casas Grandes arrived in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night. They are training on the truck at CSFD Station 1 before driving it back to Mexico.
Colorado Springs and Nuevo Casas Grandes have been sister cities since 1996. Since that time, CSSCI and the rotary have donated school buses, fire equipment, computers, and other school supplies to support Nuevo Casas Grandes. The two cities have also enjoyed many cultural and art exchanges, and in 2019, firefighters from Nuevos Casas Grandes joined CSFD for a high-angle training session in North Cheyenne Cañon.