Apr 17, 2013 6:55 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Atascadero fire disaster response trailer fundraiser exceeds expectations

The Atascadero Fire Department's Disaster Response Trailer is nearly complete thanks to the generous time and donations from locals.

Organizers are expecting the truck to be completed in the next two months. Fundraising efforts began two years ago with about 100 donors and partners. According to Atascadero Fire Captain Matt Miranda, about $30,000 in grant funding was also secured through the Department of Homeland Security to purchase an emergency generator.

"More than 100 partners came together, and we exceeded our $100,000 fundraising goal," Miranda said in a press release. "Without the contributions from the community, this project very simply wouldn't be possible. It's all because our community stepped up to the plate."

The response vehicle is made up of two main parts; a repurposed wild land fire vehicle from the department and a donated 32-foot trailer.

The trailer's 16 bays need to be stocked with emergency response tools such as decontamination supplies, concrete cutting saws, an entry torch and dozens of other items. It will also carry the lumber and power tools needed for firefighters to build structural braces at disaster scenes. The tools will aid firefighters in preventing structures from crumbling onto victims or rescuers, Miranda said.

Atascadero Mayor Tom O'Malley says, "Our Fire Department has done a wonderful job of putting this Disaster Response Trailer together and could not have done it without the generosity of our great community. We are very proud of our Fire Department and the community we live in."

For more information about the Atascadero Fire Department Disaster Response Trailer, click here.



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