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County blesses three new fire response vehicles

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

Mayor Charmaine Tavares and Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray look at the new Tanker 3-Lahaina. Photo by the County of Maui.

LAHAINA — A blessing ceremony was held last week Tuesday at the Lahaina Fire Station for three new Maui County Fire Department response vehicles: a water tanker truck for Lahaina, a mini pumper truck for Napili and a mini pumper truck for Kula.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares and Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray discussed the additional firefighting capacity provided by the new vehicles for the Lahaina, Napili and Kula communities.

The blessing was conducted by Rev. Earl Kukahiko, assisted by his son, Earle Kukahiko.

All three vehicles — built by SVI Trucks of Loveland, Colorado — were purchased with general county funds.

Tanker 3 was named Ma‘a‘a (famous wind of Lahaina; also daring, brave and bold). The 2,000-gallon capacity, $629,990 tanker will serve the Lahaina District.

Mini 11 for Napili was named Noweoula (local rain of Napili, or “scarlet red,” referring to the color of the light, consistent drizzle common in the area). The $177,406 vehicle will serve the Napili District.