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Peachland Fire Department acquires 'state-of-the-art' equipment
A new piece of firefighting equipment could help protect Peachland structures in the event of a future wildfire.
The equipment, known as a Wildfire Automated Suppression and Protection (WASP) system was delivered to an enthusiastic Peachland Fire Department on Aug. 28.
"This system is really state-of-the-art firefighting for structural protection and we're happy Peachland chose WASP to provide them with this addition to their wild land firefighting equipment," said WASP technical director, Darrel Pyke.
The system includes a trailer containing over 1,500 feet of hose and sprinklers paired with cell phone and satellite technology that allows the equipment to be operated remotely and offsite.
If there is a fire, the unit can be deployed to the location and then left behind without fire personnel to attend it.
From a cell phone or laptop anywhere in the world, the fire department can operate the system, programming it to turn on or off as needed. The WASP is powered by a powerful battery, so it can be deployed in the field for up to 10 days without the battery requiring charging.
"The main advantage is we don't have to tie up our firefighters to sit there and maintain the sprinkler system," said Peachland fire chief Dennis Craig.
"We can go in, set it up and walk away. We can turn it on remotely so we don't have to turn it on hours before the fire shows up. We can wait until the fire is just about there and then turn it on at our leisure and not have to send somebody to go back in and turn it on and waste water."
The $24,700 capital expenditure was approved by Peachland council earlier this year.