Two new trucks for Langford Fire Rescue

Published: June 25, 2009 5:00 PM
Updated: June 25, 2009 5:16 PM

Big, red and polished, Langford Fire Rescue has added two new -- or nearly new -- fire trucks to its emergency fleet.

The department has replaced its light-duty rescue truck with a used heavy-duty version, outfitted with in interior command centre. After a 2-1/2 year wait, the department also finally received its brand new firefighting engine.

Lieut. Steve Adams said the new engine has better safety features, such as rollover protection and red seat belts, so officers can make sure firefighters are buckled in. It’s also a pretty comfortable ride, he said.

“It’s improved the safety of the firefighters, but more importantly it will improve the safety for the community,” Adams said.

The engine came as a “two for one deal” with the current ladder truck for about $900,000, said fire Chief Bob Beckett. The rescue truck was about $225,000, he said. Both will be in service within a few weeks.

The rescue truck is the go-to vehicle, which holds the command centre, air tank refill gear, technical rescue and confined space gear, and a 35-foot light tower “that could light up a stadium,” Beckett joked.

It also has jaws of life with twice the spread and cutting power, Adams said, built for modern cars with stronger metals.

“These are vehicles all firefighters can feel enormous pride in obtaining,” he said.

“It’s really important the fire department has all the equipment necessary to make the community safe,” said Coun. Denise Blackwell, chair of the protective services committee. “And getting this used (rescue truck) is a really good deal. The fire department has a good budget without being terribly extravagant.”