June 18--SUMMIT -- Loma Prieta firefighters received their water tender back from a Central Valley repair shop last week, but they are still looking to replace the 22-year-old vehicle with a new one.
Firefighters at the station at 17445 Old Summit Road said the tender will be used on fire responses this summer.
"We're very pleased to have it back," Loma Prieta Fire Capt. Alex Leman said Tuesday.
Because there are very few fire hydrants in the Santa Cruz Mountains, firefighters usually respond to fires with the water tender, which can carry about 2,500 gallons of water or about five minutes of water. Cal Fire also typically responds with fire engines and other equipment in the area.
It would take at least $350,000 to replace Loma Prieta Fire's water tender, and firefighters remain unsure how they will come up with the money.
Donation information is on the station's website at www.lomaprietafire.org.
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