Category Archives: Vehicles

Turnpike Car Fire

Car fire 6On Tuesday evening, Feb. 21st, the El Dorado Fire Department responded to a passenger vehicle fire at mile marker 79 on the Kansas Turnpike.

Crews arrived on scene to find a small Toyota car fully involved with flames. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and there were no injuries due to the incident.

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Tower #1 Christening

Christ 18Whenever a fire department goes through the process of buying a new fire truck a  committee from within the department visits the different plants. It’s through those trips that the group develops the specifications which must be met.

Afterwards is the bid letting.

The truck is then awarded to the manufacturer who meets the specifications and is overall the best choice.

During the building process members of the truck committee make two trips back to the plant to make sure specifications are being met.   Once the truck is built and meets all specifications, it’s delivered to the fire department.

That brings us to today.

The Tower 1 truck committee consisted of Captain Max Brown, Captain Troy Jellison, Captain Jack Zimmerman, Lieutenant Shane McCoy, and Lieutenant Michael Rose.   As you see the truck, the group clearly did a marvelous job.  The crowd gave them a round of applause.

ChristServing at the time of Tower 1 being conceptualized was City Manager Herb Llewellyn, Mayor Michael Fagg, Commissioners Chase Locke, Nick Badwey, Bill Young, and David Chapin, and Fire Chief Ken Nakaten.  At the end of acquiring this vehicle was the addition of Mayor Vince Haines, Commissioners Gregg Lewis and Kendra Wilkinson.  Without their support Tower 1 wouldn’t have been possible.  The crowd gave them a round of applause.

Dating back as far as one can look is the practice of christening a new fire truck. The very first fire trucks were horse drawn and many of the streets were dirt.  As a matter of fact the City of El Dorado had two horses named Ned and Ted, which we have a custom made decal on Tower 1 depicting them.

Anyway, historically fire trucks are washed on the apron entrance before they are pulled into the fire station. Firefighters also have a long tradition of keeping their fire trucks polished clean.  So, the trucks are washed before they are pulled back into the fire station after a call for service making them ready for call.

Children and some adults came forward and helped christen Tower 1 by washing it down.

Chief Moody asked for everyone’s attention. He then asked everybody to bow their heads while he said the blessing for Tower 1.

Bless This Truck

 Lord, the emergencies they will be many.

Often times this truck and those who ride it will be in harm’s way.

Father, Bless this Truck and the men and women who man it.

Protect it and protect them while they protect others.

All this we ask humbly of you.


Mayor Vince Haines did the honors of the “cutting of the tape?” Afterwards, retired Captain and truck committee chair, Max Brown, officially sounded the sirens as he backed into the fire station. He then radioed Dispatch putting the truck into official service with the following message:   “Dispatch, this is El Dorado Tower 1.  Please officially place Tower 1 in service.” 

A number of people then helped dry the truck.

Tower 1 will have a long, safe, successful life with the El Dorado Fire Department.

The event concluded with thanks to everyone for coming out for the truck christening.




TOWER 1 – Function & Looks

Tower10Have you ever wondered what you would choose to look like if you were given the chance to do just that?  That is kind of what happened the past few days with El Dorado’s soon-to-be member of the department.

His name is Tower 1.

Early Monday morning – real early as in 3:30 a.m. – representatives from the El Dorado fire department headed down the road for the airport.  The next three days would be spent with representatives of the Pierce fire truck manufacturer at the plant in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Tower4One of the great things about Pierce is how many fire trucks they build.  Approximately 26000 annually.  So, there were a number of trucks on site to take a “look-see” in choosing features for Tower 1.

Would it have this light or that light, this siren or that siren, this decal or that decal – and the list goes on.

One thing is for certain.  The El Dorado representatives made sure that he will be the best in both function and in looks.

And he’s due in February.