A brand new fire truck is about to hit the streets of Parksville.
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department recently took delivery of a new fire truck — a 2022 Spartan Metro Star — which is expected to entire service later this month.
Called Rescue 45, the new truck is an 18-foot walk-around style rescue apparatus that was built by Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Fire Trucks. It will replace an existing truck that has been in service for 25 years.
“As Parksville and surrounding area continues to grow, so does the need to renew and update our infrastructure which includes our fire rescue apparatus fleet,” said PVFD chief Marc Norris in a press release.
The new rig features improved braking ability, a safer crew compartment, enhanced scene lighting, and larger compartment space to house rescue and specialty equipment, according to the department. It will also provide auto extrication, hazardous materials, confined space, technical rope rescue, and other special rescue capabilities.
“Rescue 45 will provide the community as well as our firefighters, with the most up-to-date, safe and versatile piece of fire rescue equipment,” said Norris.
The budgeted amount for the new fire truck was $791,100, according to the City of Parksville.
“Residents are welcome to stop by the Parksville firehall during regular hours to view this new vehicle,” added Norris.
The fire hall is located on Jensen Avenue West.