North Westside Fire Rescue gets new trucks

Two new engine trucks, valued at more than $300,000 each, are the newest tools North Westside Fire Rescue has to battle blazes.

  • May. 3, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Above is one of the two new engine trucks acquired by North Westside Fire Rescue.

Two new engine trucks, valued at more than $300,000 each, are the newest tools North Westside Fire Rescue has to battle blazes.

The trucks were purchased through the Regional District of the Central Okanagan after an extensive request for proposal process saw Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Fire Trucks awarded the contract.

“One truck will be located at the Main Station 101 hall of Udell Road, while the other will be housed at the Short’s Creek Station 102 hall,” said regional district fire and inspection services manager Dan Wildeman.

“The new engines will help the fire district maintain its fire underwriters dwelling protection standard, benefiting homeowners.”

Fire chief Wayne Carson added the new engines fit in well with the department’s existing apparatus and will serve the first responder and fire protection needs of the community for the next 20 years.

“Some of the new features offered on the engines include a front bumper mounted monitor that allows water to be directed while the vehicle is moving and an automatic built-in foam tank that allows fire suppressing foam to be applied with water,” said Carson.

“There’s also a one-inch fast attack hose mounted on the truck for a quick response to small fires.”

The trucks are equipped with four-wheel drive and instant chains, providing optimum traction in various road conditions. They come with a 1,050 gallon per minute pump.

The two engines were acquired without the need for financing as property owners within the North Westside Fire Protection District approved a referendum in 2005 for a parcel tax of $50 per year over five years, in order to build reserve funds for purchasing fire equipment.

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