BOISE -- Boise firefighters have come with a unique way to honor the Boise State Broncos.

Members of Boise Fire Local 149 have turned a retired 1976 fire engine into a bright blue and orange tribute to the Broncos. The restored engine will also help raise awareness for the many charitable community causes supported the fire department.

As firefighters, we re dedicated to public service and, in many ways that goes well beyond emergency calls. We work and volunteer to make Boise a healthier, safer community and we think this restored, historic engine will help us do that, said Boise Fire Capt. Kevin Gould.

The newly painted engine named Fire Up The Blue, will make its public debut on the Boise State campus this Saturday, August 20 as part of the Bronco Welcome 2011.

The fire engine was originally purchased and used by the military as an airport firefighting engine at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Later, it was donated to the Grand View Rural Fire Protection District. In March 2011, the engine was donated to Boise Fire Local 149.

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