Hotchkiss Open House
On May 1st, 2022 residents and firefighters of the Hotchkiss Fire Protection District, also known as the Delta County Fire Protection District # 4, gathered at the Redlands Mesa fire station outside of Hotchkiss for the community wildfire awareness open house. The district opened the doors on the recently expanded fire station and debuted two new engines that will serve the Redlands Mesa and Hotchkiss areas, both of which were provided by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, one being a loaned Federal Excess Personal Property engine (Engine 7). The open house was hosted to educate the community about wildfires and how to prepare for a wildfire near them. The West Region Wildfire Council, US National Weather Service, Delta County Emergency Management, Hotchkiss Fire District, and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control all provided information to residents from preventing wildfires and protecting personal property to education about the tools, trucks, and logistics of wildfires. A North Fork High School student, who recently won first place in the 2021 RISE Challenge Colorado, also presented her project on wildfire risk in her community. The open house offered a free lunch to attendees from two local food trucks.
The Redlands Mesa Fire Station recently expanded with an additional bay (Far Right) to fit their new engine.
Hotchkiss Fire District’s new Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control built 1998 Stewart and Stevenson 6×6 with a 200 +/- GPM pump and 850-gallon galvanized steel water tank.
Engine 14, a 1999 Ford F-450 4×4 / S&S Type 6 engine, was obtained from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.