New, custom built fire truck rolls into town

A shiny new fire truck, ordered in 2011 by the Village of Burns Lake rolled into town last Wednesday afternoon.

Burns Lake Fire and Rescue department received the delivery of the brand new ‘engine number one’ fire truck last week. The truck cost $466

Burns Lake Fire and Rescue department received the delivery of the brand new ‘engine number one’ fire truck last week. The truck cost $466

A shiny new fire truck, ordered in 2011 by the Village of Burns Lake rolled into town last Wednesday afternoon.

Driven from Brampton, Ontario, the custom built pumper engine has immediately been placed into service.

The new truck has as eight kilowatt diesel generator, a 1,250 gallon per minute pump and it can produce compressed air foam for both wildfire and structural fire fighting.

Village of Burns Lake fire chief and director of protective services, Jim McBride said the new truck, engine number one, can also transport more crew members to a fire than the 13 year old pumper number one it is replacing.

McBride said to Lakes District News that he is happy the truck is finally in Burns Lake.

After the purchase of new fire truck was approved by council in their 2011 budget, it has been almost a year long wait for the truck to be custom made.

The new fire truck cost a total of $466,000, of which, $206,000 came from village reserves.

Sheryl Worthing, village chief administrative officer said, the village have taken out a $160,000 lease to help pay off the new fire truck and $100,000 from the sale of pumper number one has also been put towards the purchase.

In 1997 the village paid $262,000 for pumper number one, which was recently sold to BC Hydro for use at the Bennett Dam.

McBride said he will be delivering pumper number one to the Bennett Dam on March 27, 2012.