November 10, 2014 - 10:39 AM
An almost 35 year old fire truck has been replaced by a newer, more flexible bush vehicle for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.
The 2015 Dodge 5500 crew cab is a 4 by 4 diesel truck that’s designed to transport five firefighters who will initially attack wildfires or respond to other incidents in more isolated areas of the fire district.
The body of the bush truck has an additional three inches of clearance and is designed to avoid dragging on the bottom while driving steep grades. The truck’s equipped with a removable Wildfire Striker 3 skid load fire pump which delivers 102 gallons of water per minute at 345 PSI. It carries 300 Imperial gallons of water and Class A fire suppression foam.
Other features include onboard radio chargers, all L-E-D lighting, a slide out compartment for breathing apparatus and a 15,000 pound front mounted winch.
The new bush truck replaces a 1975 Dodge 4 by 4 manual shift power wagon that carries two people. It has a small onboard fire pump and a 200 gallon water reserve.
Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says “the new truck provides greater function and flexibility as a quick response initial attack vehicle. It’ll serve the Wilson’s Landing community well for many, many years.”
The new truck was purchased from HUB Fire Engines in Abbotsford for $171,615 and was paid for through the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department equipment reserve.
The Wilson’s Landing Fire Department is one of four paid-on-call fire departments managed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
The old Wilson's Landing fire department bush truck was retired after 35 years in service.
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Wilson's Landing fire department is located on the west side of Okanagan Lake.
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