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New Eugene Springfield Fire engine has improved features

"We have LED scene lighting that uses less energy," said Battalion Chief Leo Giles.

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 7:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Firefighters in the Santa Clara area have a brand new engine to respond to calls. 

Crews at Station 11 just started using it on Thursday and they said it's a lot quieter than their old one.

Battalion Chief Leo Giles said it carries water and hose like any other engine, but said it also has modern features. It pollutes less; he said the amount of carbon emitted is reduced by up to 90 percent.

Batt. Chief Giles said it even has LED emergency lights.

"They're much more efficient and do a better job of warning the drivers out on the road of our vehicle," said Batt. Chief Giles. "Also, we have LED scene lighting that uses less energy, so now we can sit on a scene and light it with those scene lights without the vehicle running."

The engine that used to be stationed there is now a reserve apparatus. He said it still has plenty of years left. It'll be used when other engines are going through maintenance and it can also be sent out to help with large wildfires.

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