HOLTVILLE — The city's newest fire engine was pressed into service last week before it even reached the fire station.
While on his way to Holtville from the factory with the new custom-built pumper, Holtville Fire Chief Charles Cariveau was notified of a second-alarm brush and structure fire as he approached town.
He drove directly to the site west of town on Alamo Road.
"We used it pretty much all night shuttling water," Cariveau said. "We didn't have any hoses on it yet."
At a cost of about $215,000 from the city's equipment replacement fund, the custom pumper was built at the Weststates Factory in Woodland.
Cariveau said he didn't attract much attention as he drove the state's freeways in the truck.
"With all the fires in the state it's a pretty common sight to see fire engines on the road," he said.