The Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) has a new fire truck.
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) announced the arrival of the $500,000 truck, which is a single axle tender purchased to replace the current tender, which is at the end of its lifecycle.
The new truck was made possible through a partnership between the RDN, the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Society.
“Specialized equipment such as this new fire truck enables our region’s firefighters to more effectively respond to fire emergencies,” said Vanessa Craig, RDN chair. “We thank the Dashwood volunteer firefighters for their commitment to delivering emergency response services to area residents and Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Society for their support in securing this essential firefighting equipment.”
The new truck allows DVFD to maintain their Superior Tender Shuttle Accreditation, enabling efficient water delivery for fire suppression in areas without fire hydrants and providing potential insurance savings for residents. This truck will serve the Dashwood community and the neighbouring mutual aid communities for the next 20 to 25 years.
With input from the DVFD and other fire service representatives, Fort Garry Fire Trucks designed and built the truck in 18 months, with a number of unique specifications. The new truck carries 2,000 gallons of water, a 500-gallon increase over the current 1997 GMC tender.
‘”Our new tender will proudly serve our community for the next 20 to 25 years and we cannot thank our community enough for supporting our fire department,” said Nick Acciavatti, DVFD Fire Chief.
For information on the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department, visit dashwoodvfd.com. For information on fire services in the RDN, visit rdn.bc.ca/fire-services.
— NEWS Staff, submitted