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Qualicum Beach’s new $2.1M fire truck is traditional red but also green

New eco-friendly firefighting apparatus will benefit community
Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue’s new Ladder 58 fire truck. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach Fire Rescue has a new addition to its firefighting arsenal that will significantly help in emergency situations.

The groundbreaking apparatus has been in active service for several weeks. With taxes, the fire truck cost just more than $2.1M.

A town news release indicated Ladder 58 is a valuable addition to department’s firefighting fleet as it boasts features that set it apart from traditional firetrucks.

“It marks a significant advancement in their emergency response capabilities, specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of Qualicum Beach and its community,” read the release.

One of the biggest standout elements of the L58 is that although it’s red, it’s also ‘green’ as it is equipped with eco-friendly idle mitigation technology. It automatically switches to battery power to run emergency lighting, heating, and air conditioning when not actively engaged in firefighting operations. This green initiative reduces fuel consumption, minimizes environmental noise and extends the engine’s lifespan.

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Equipped with a platform at the end of the 100-foot ladder, it facilitates safer patient transfers to the ground. In addition, it offers exceptional horizontal reach, providing better access to buildings.

Although it was already a custom build, town mechanics spent time mounting specific tools and equipment unique to the town’s operations. Even the department’s iconic fire bell has found its place on the new apparatus.

“Overall, the new Ladder 58 is a much more advanced piece of apparatus than its retired predecessor that will empower more efficient and effective emergency responses in our community,” stated the release.

— NEWS Staff

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