MD fire department adds to fleet
Fire Prevention: New aparatus will expand capacities for rural areas
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 06:00 am
Firefighters in the MD of Foothills will get a little more help battling blazes in rural areas next year.
The fire department is getting two new vehicles in 2014 that will greatly expand its abilities to fight fires in locations away from urban areas or off the beaten track.
MD council approved purchasing two new vehicles, which will join the fire department’s fleet next year at a cost of almost $370,000.
A new water tender will replace a 25-year-old model at the department’s Blackie fire hall to haul water to fires in rural areas. As well, the Heritage Pointe Fire Hall will get a new bush buggy, capable of accessing more rugged locations.
A $303,000 water tender to be stationed at Blackie will be capable of carrying 3,500 gallons of water. It will replace a 1988 model with a capacity of 2,000 gallons of water.
“It’s a huge advantage just because of where that station is situated with a lack of hydrants in that area,” MD fire chief Jim Smith said.
He said it will come into service in August 2014.
A $67,000 bush buggy will join the fleet at Heritage Pointe sometime around March 2014.
He said it will give the MD a second bush buggy and will be able to respond to incidents in the north end of the MD. The MD currently has one bush buggy stationed in High River.
The one-tonne pick-up truck is outfitted with firefighting equipment and will have the capacity to carry 250 gallons of water, as well as 40 litres of foam used to fight fires.
He said it will be used to fight wild grass fires and as a utility vehicle in the winter.
“This will help us because we’ve never had this before at Heritage Pointe, it will enable us to more effectively go after wild land fires in the MD of Foothills,” he said.