Four local fire halls, including those in Slocan, Crescent Valley, and on the North Shore will welcome new rapid response/crew transport trucks this month.
Buying them all at once along with a new truck for the Ootischenia department will mean a “significant cost saving,” the Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a news release.
“The RDCK has a policy of maintaining a fleet of safe and effective apparatus,” regional fire chief Terry Swan said. “Standardized design and group purchasing enabled us to procure custom-built trucks for a total saving of $200,000.”
Swan said Slocan’s current vehicle isn’t roadworthy, while the apparatus the Crescent Valley and North Shore departments have been using are “vintage 1970s.”