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Don’t be “Alarmed” if You see a Dirty Fire Engine!
Mar.28.2011 08.00AM


Pasadena firefighters take pride in clean, detailed fire engines, fire trucks and ambulances, so part of their daily routine is to ensure the cleanliness of the apparatus and fire station grounds.

To adhere to the outdoor watering prohibitions in Pasadena beginning today and ending at 8 a.m. on March 28, the Pasadena Fire Department will refrain from washing apparatus to comply with the city’s Level 4 Water Shortage Emergency.  In addition, the Fire Department has suspended flow testing of fire hydrants as as well landscape watering at all eight fire stations.

“On a daily basis we have eight fire engines, two fire trucks and five ambulances in service as well as support vehicles and reserve apparatus.  Our personnel recognize the need to conserve water and will forego activities that increase water usage,” said Pasadena Fire Chief Dennis J. Downs. “Our big, red, 40,000-pound fire engines are in the public’s eye day-to-day, and it’s important for our community to know we’re taking this water shortage very seriously.”

More information about the outdoor watering prohibitions can be found at www.cityofpasadena.net/shutdown and by calling (626) 744-8888.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies about 60 percent of  Pasadena’s water, is planning a seismic retrofit of the F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne.  MWD will stop all water deliveries to Pasadena and many other foothill communities through its Upper Feeder Pipeline during this project.

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