NEWS RELEASE · 18th June 2010
Terrace Fire Department
The Terrace Fire Department welcomed its newest fire truck June 16, bringing a state of the art vehicle to the department’s fleet. The new addition replaces a 1988 Mack fire truck, which has been in service for 22 years.
The new fire truck has been custom-built to meet the needs of the City of Terrace and required more than a year of design consultation and construction to complete.
“We don’t replace these vehicles very often, so it was important that the staff had an opportunity to be involved in the truck’s design because they will be using it for the next 20 years,” says Fire Chief Peter Weeber.
The truck cost $590,000 and was designed by Safeteck Emergency Vehicles and built by industry-leading fire equipment builders Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. The new truck has many new safety features, seat belts designed to restrain firefighters in their full gear, a computer system that monitors and records all the functions of the vehicle allowing for early detection of hazards, maintenance requirements and operating history.
“The truck is also ergonomically designed so that ladders, tools and other equipment can be accessed at waist or chest height, making operation much safer for our firefighters,” says Weeber, adding each compartment has pull-out drawers to minimize the awkward lifting of heavy equipment.
Firefighters will be trained on the use of the new vehicle and it will be outfitted with more tools and equipment over the coming weeks. The vehicle is expected to be in full service by the end of June.
Comment by Mike Price on 18th June 2010
It was a pleasure to delivery your Fire Dept's new unit, I loved the drive and the whole landscape. I felt very welcomed as i arrived, the true BC!!!!