Parksville Fire Department receives alternative water supply accreditation

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Parksville Fire has received formal accreditation to deliver alternate water supply for public fire protection in the Parksville Fire Protection Area via Superior Tanker Shuttle Service. 

The city, working with neighbouring fire departments in Qualicum Beach, Errington, Coombs-Hilliers, Bow Horn Bay, Dashwood and Nanoose, is registered in the Canadian Fire Insurance Grading index as being accredited for delivery of this service.

Within the Parksville Fire Protection Area, residences located on Grieg Road, Martindale Road, Wildgreen Way, Fourneau Way, Hodges Road and parts of Lowry’s Road, may be eligible for insurance savings. 

The department encourages residents in these areas to check with insurance provider to determine if their property is eligible for a review of fire insurance rates.

The superior tanker shuttle service is a process of shuttling water using mobile water supply apparatus such as fire department tankers from fire hydrants and alternative water supply points to the fire site. 

To achieve the accreditation, the fire departments had to demonstrate they could transport water from static water supplies or fire hydrant and maintain a flow of 1,000 litres per minute for up two hours. Over the course of two days of testing, each fire department used pumper trucks and water tender trucks to haul water from designated water supply sites to mock fire locations to demonstrate capabilities to qualify for the accreditation.

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