Engine 51 is the primary wildland fire engine for Kings Canyon National Park. The crew lives and works out of Grant Grove, in the shade of giant sequoia trees. Engine 51 supports emergency response and land management efforts in the national parks, the state of California, and the United States of America, while embodying the wildland fire leadership values of duty, respect, and integrity.
The type-3 crew participates in wildland fire initial attack response, extended attack, severity coverage, prescribed fire, and emergency training. Like its counterpart, Sequoia National Park Engine 72, Engine 51 is utilized for all-hazard emergencies such as search-and-rescue, first aid, and natural disasters. The crew and engine respond to incidents both inside and outside of park boundaries, and may be sent on assignments for weeks at a time.
When not engaged in wildland fire activities, the crew works with other divisions within the parks, participating in junior firefighter programs, assisting roads and maintenance, and training alongside law enforcement for search and rescue operations. This develops camaraderie, just one aspect that makes working Grant Grove special.
The crew usually consists of an engine captain, an engine operator, an assistant engine operator, and two to three seasonal personnel. These firefighters are trained in fire suppression techniques as well as fire-inclusive land management. Kings Canyon National Park was the birthplace of modern prescribed burning in the western United States, and Engine 51 carries on that legacy by playing an active role in the parks’ prescribed burning operations.
The work environment includes extreme weather conditions, hiking, public interaction, physical training, and working long hours. It also includes partnering with state, county, and local organizations on hazard fuel mitigations and defensible space.
For more information about Kings Canyon National Park Engine 51, please contact us via e-mail.
NWCG Type 3
Cal-Fire Model 34C KME
Chassis: 2012 International 7400SFA 4x4
Motor: International Maxxforce 9
Transmission: Allison 3000EVS
Main Pump: Darley JMP 500
Main Pump Rated Flow: 517 GPM @ 150 PSI
Main Pump Maximum Flow: 680 GPM
Auxiliary Pump Motor: Daihatsu DM950
Auxiliary Pump: Darley 1.5AGE
Aux Pump Rated Flow: 125 GPM @ 150 PSI
Auxiliary Pump Maximum Flow: 163 GPM
Tank Capacity: 500 Gallons
Last updated: October 12, 2019