March 17, 2011 – Firefighters take pride in clean, detailed fire engines, fire trucks and ambulances and part of their daily routine is to ensure the cleanliness of the apparatus and fire station grounds.
To adhere to the City of Pasadena watering prohibitions beginning Friday, March 18th and ending on Monday, March 28th, the Fire Department will refrain from washing apparatus to comply with the City’s Level 4 Water Shortage Emergency, which bans outdoor watering. In addition, the Fire Department has suspended flowing fire hydrants and landscape watering at all eight Pasadena Fire Stations.
“On a daily basis we have eight fire engines, two fire trucks and five ambulances in service in addition to support vehicles and reserve apparatus. Our personnel recognize the need to conserve water and will forego activities that increase water usage. 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 serious,” states Dennis J. Downs, Fire Chief.
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.
Contact: Lisa Derderian
(626) 744-7276 (Office)
(626) 945-5169 (Cell)