Slocan, North Shore fire departments get new trucks

Four local fire halls, including Slocan, Crescent Valley, and on the North Shore will welcome new trucks this month.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has acquired four new fire trucks in a bulk purchase. They will be used in Slocan

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.”

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