City of Langford donates firetruck to Malahat Fire Department

City of Langford donates firetruck to Malahat Fire Department
Cowichan Valley Regional District

The City of Langford has donated a fire truck to the Malahat Volunteer Fire Rescue Service.

In a press release Thursday, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) noted that with the purchase of their new dual-purpose fire engine, the donated truck was set to go into ‘reserve’ status for the next several years. Rather than see it sit idle, Langford decided that donating the truck to another fire department could make better use of it for the duration of its life.

“This is a lightly used vehicle and in great shape to meet the needs of the Malahat Fire Department over the next few years,” said Chris Aubey Langford Fire Rescue Chief.

“We’re happy to have it stay in use locally, and it will also provide reciprocal support for Langford as Malahat is one of our mutual aid fire departments,” added Aubey.

Tanya Patterson, Fire Chief for the Malahat Volunteer Fire & Rescue, is grateful for the donation from Langford.

“We were already looking for a replacement truck so the timing of this donation couldn’t be better,” said Patterson. Patterson added that the truck will be extremely helpful when the Malahat Team arrives on site considering the truck has important tools such as water and jaws of life.

According to the release, it is common practice for fire trucks and equipment in British Columbia to be donated to other stations with less resources.

The Cowichan region also recently received $375,000 from the Province’s Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, with $210,000 allocated for new equipment and training for fire
departments in North Oyster, Malahat, Mesachie Lake, Sahtlam, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou, and Caycuse.


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