Grass rig will have new foam suppression system

A new Elk River Fire Department pickup truck designed to fight grass fires will be outfitted with a high-pressure foam suppression system.

A fire department committee tested this technology in a controlled burn in Elk River’s Woodland Trails Park last spring, according to Fire Chief T. John Cunningham. The system deploys a thick foam blanket over the fire and is a departure from the typical water-only supression methods, he said.

The new grass rig will be a 2012 Ford F350 Supercab pickup purchased from Elk River Ford-Dodge-Jeep for $24,454. Total cost of the vehicle plus fire-fighting equipment is not expected to exceed $55,000. The purchase has been approved by the Elk River City Council.

The new unit will replace a vehicle that is more than 20 years old. That vehicle will be transferred to the city’s park maintenance division.