Boise Fire Department has a new “crash” truck–Engine 8.
A recent crash incident didn’t take them beyond the front door of Station 8 on Overland Road…in fact the crash WAS the front door!
Seems the first responder heroes were showing their wares to a group of children visiting the station over the July 4th weekend. Part of the tour included a peek inside the storage cabinets on the side of the engine where life saving equipment is stored.
Firefighters showed the youngsters how the doors on the storage bins open upward and no doubt offered advice on safety as well.
Later, when the alarm sounded for an emergency call, the guys on “C shift” jumped on Engine 8 to respond. They donned their helmets and headsets so they could communicate over the noise of the siren and engine and rushed out of the station.
They didn’t get far because someone forgot to close the door on the sturdy equipment bin. The metal door was so sturdy that when the now 12 foot wide fire engine went through the 10 foot door it took out the overhead door track, an entire row of concrete blocks, and the outside face of the building.
Looks like the repairs will be about $4,000-5,000. One oldtimer noted it was the third time in 15 years he knew of the door being smacked by a first responder hero.
Command staff told the GUARDIAN there plans afoot to sell station 8 and build a new one.
As much as it gets whacked by fire engines they probably NEED a new station, however the appraisal likely will be off a bit.
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