The City of Revelstoke’s new highway rescue truck will be officially unveiled at ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15.
The new vehicle replaces one that was destroyed in a crash while responding to a call on the Trans-Canada Highway during icy conditions in December of 2013.
The vehicle is operated by the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society and is used primarily to respond to highway incidents involving entrapment on other complex highway rescues.
The City of Revelstoke issued the following media release regarding the new vehicle:
Rescue 7 will serve the motoring public in their time of highway rescue needs in the 289 kilometre highway rescue area.
Councillor English and Firefighter Randy Driediger, President of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society, will unveil Rescue 7 at the Fire Station and Fire Chaplain Russ Brackenbury will dedicate the truck to all firefighters of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.
“Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society has worked hard to obtain grants and funding to purchase the new rescue truck so that they can provide highway rescue services to those in need on our surrounding highways”, said Mayor Mark McKee. “I would also like to acknowledge former Mayor David Raven’s contributions towards attaining grant funding for the Rescue Truck.”
The grants and funding were made possible by local generous support from the Queen Victoria Hospital Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, Revelstoke Credit Union and Columbia Basin Trust. The firefighters also want to acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro.
“I know the firefighters are very thankful for the generous grants and funding that made this happen”, said Firefighter Randy Driediger, President of the Fire Rescue Society. “The new Rescue 7 allows our members to respond to highway rescue calls in a safe and well-equipped highway rescue truck.”
Rescue 7 is expected to be in service on October 14, 2015, following one day of technical training for firefighters.
-is a 2015 rescue response apparatus fabricated by Hub Fire Trucks.
-has been configured and fully equipped to meet the special highway rescue needs of our community.
-has a compressed air foam fire pump system designed to suppress vehicle fires, protect occupants and firefighters.
-has safety systems built in for our Revelstoke Firefighters’ safety, such as air bag and rollover protection.
-is equipped with a powerful, yet economical 450 HP Cummins diesel engine with low emission controls along with an Allison 6 speed automatic transmission.
-replaces Rescue 1, a 2000 Freightliner that was permanently damaged in a motor vehicle incident in December, 2013.
The Oct. 15 public ceremony takes place at the fire hall at 5 p.m.