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Stockton Donates Fire Engines To Mexican City Of Empalme

Two fire engines are heading to Mexico, as a gift from the City of Stockton. The engines are retired from service in Stockton, but will find a new life south of the border.

The City of Stockton is donating two fire engines to its Mexican sister city, Empalme.
 
The engines are over 20 years old and Stockton firefighter Dan Morriss says they've been replaced by newer, more reliable models.
 
"Both of them are still functioning fire engines but for the amount of calls and the workload put on them, they're just not viable in Stockton anymore," Morriss says.
 
Empalme has a population of about 100,000 but only one fire station with four engines.
 
Louis Gonzales speaking for Empalme says the donated engines can carry 750 gallons of water each, which is much more than the old engines the city uses now.
 
"When they run out of water, they have to go back to the main station. By that time, you've lost half the building and with more capacity obviously they have enough water to suppress the fire," Gonzales says.
 
Two retired Stockton area firefighters are driving the engines to the border, where firefighters from Empalme will meet them to complete the thousand mile journey south.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio