The Extension Volunteer Fire Department has received a new fire truck specially designed for rural firefighting.
The $735,000 rear-mount pumper provides firefighters with an adaptable apparatus that will better enable them to respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents, according to the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).
“The RDN recognizes the importance of modern equipment for effective incident response and are committed to community safety initiatives throughout our region, including fire services,” said Tyler Brown, RDN chair. “This new, custom-built truck will further enhance the excellent services Extension Volunteer Fire Department members deliver to area residents.”
Fort Garry Fire Trucks in Winnipeg designed and built the vehicle with a number of unique specifications, including a rear-mount pump that allows for setup on narrow roads and requires only one lane while pumping, allowing other vehicles to pass the scene when necessary.
For areas that are not serviced by hydrants, the rear-mount configuration allows a portable tank to be placed behind the truck, reducing the length of suction hose and improving access to alternate water supplies. A Class A foam system helps prolong the on-board water supply and reduces the use of water where property damage is of concern, the RDN said.
The fire truck took 18 months to build and was driven from Winnipeg to Nanaimo earlier this month. Additional features of the custom-built truck include custom cab and chassis for firefighter safety and tight turning radius, an additional 1,000 imperial gallon capacity for non-hydrant areas, swift water rescue equipment storage, plumbed in water monitor for high volume, longer distance water applications and large storage capacity to accommodate existing fire department equipment.
“I would like to thank Extension Volunteer Fire Department members, the Extension Volunteer Fire Department Society Board of Directors and the RDN, as well as Fort Garry Fire Trucks for their professionalism throughout the design and build process,” said Fire Chief Kevin Young.
“The new rear-mount pumper offers significant advantages in terms of maneuverability, safety and increased compartment space. It will be a firefighting asset in our community for years to come.”
The truck replaces a 1994 freightliner engine which reached its 25 year lifecycle as a duty engine.