The Sonora Fire Department will get its first new engine since 2002 thanks in large part to a $400,000 federal grant.

At a public meeting Monday night, the city council voted 5-0 to fund the remaining $161,740 that’s needed through a mix of reserves and money the department receives for providing mutual aid in other parts of the state.

“I’ll just let you know, you’re going to have some really happy guys,” Fire Chief Aimee New told the council after the vote with a big smile on her face.

New said the process to build the engine is expected to take about a year.

The engine will be a major addition to the department’s aging fleet of vehicles and will replace a 1972 Van Pelt fire engine, which the department still uses when needed.

“That’s older than me,” New said.

See Wednesday's Union Democrat for more information on the city's fire engine fleet.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.


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