The Campbell River Fire Department unveiled their new vehicle Saturday, to be used in wildfire firefighting.
The four-wheel-drive truck is lighter and more maneuverable than the department’s previous full-sized fire engine that was used for wildfires.
“The offroad capability will allow us to get into more remote areas that our larger engine couldn’t,” said Thomas Doherty, the deputy fire chief for the Campbell River Fire Department.
“It sets us up well to help support the B.C. Wildfire Service.”
The truck carries 1,000 litres of water and a crew of five. It was built by Surrey’s Intercontinental Truck Body manufacturing company.
“We will be utilizing this vehicle for more than just wildfires, we will have the ability to respond to medical calls… smaller bushfires… beach fires…. motor vehicle accidents, instead of running around in a larger engine,” added Doherty.
The department has two stations in the city and consists of 22 career, and 54 paid-on-call, firefighters.
The truck will be on display at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, for the B.C. Fire Expo Sunday and Monday.
A video of the truck can also be found here.