Saul Escalante, Chevrolet District Manager, presents Ryan Erwin, of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department, with a 2020 Chevy Tahoe at Champion Chevrolet in Reno on Dec, 21. Photos submitted

Milford Volunteer Fire Department receives vehicle donation

The Milford Volunteer Fire Department was one of several departments throughout the state to receive a vehicle donation recently.

On Dec. 17, the California Fire Foundation announced it was delivering 10 new Chevrolet trucks and SUVs donated by General Motors to local fire departments in need across the state.

On Dec. 21, Saul Escalante, Chevrolet District Manager, presented Ryan Erwin, of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department, a 2020 Chevy Tahoe at Champion Chevrolet in Reno.

“As worsening, year-round fire seasons become the new normal in California, it is critical that we provide fire departments — especially those in underserved regions — with the support they need to protect the communities they serve,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “This donation from General Motors allows us to provide vital aid to local fire departments in greatest need of additional firefighting resources.”

The GM donation includes four Chevrolet 2500 HD Silverado trucks, three 4WD Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs, two Chevrolet 3500 Silverado trucks and one Chevrolet 4500 Silverado. These vehicles will immediately support frontline fire response and recovery with priority given to departments with a disproportionate need, such as volunteer fire departments serving as the primary line of defense in rural and more fire-prone communities.


Departments receiving the vehicle donations through the Foundation include:

  • Milford Volunteer Fire Department in Milford
  • Bishop Volunteer Fire Department in Bishop, California
  • Butte County Fire Department in Oroville, California
  • Fallen Leaf Lake Volunteer Fire Department in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Fresno, California
  • La Habra Heights Fire Department in La Habra Heights, California
  • Mayten Fire Protection District in Montague, California
  • North Shore Fire Protection District in Lucerne, California
  • Pine Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Shaver Lake, California
  • West Point Fire Protection District in West Point, California


General Motors worked with the California Fire Foundation to identify local fire departments and ways in which the company could help meet their needs.

“We are proud to support the brave firefighters putting their lives on the line to protect our communities from the growing threat of wildfires in California,” said Terry Rhadigan, Executive Director, Corporate Giving at General Motors. “We hope that, with these vehicles, fire departments throughout the state will continue to have the resources they need to hold the line against these devastating fires and keep Californians safe.”