County approves transfer of Wildland Unit to Lodgepole

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
November 7, 2017 - 3:52pm

After completing it's life expectancy at Station Three in Drayton Valley, the Fire Service's Quick Response Unit or Wildland Unit has found a new home in Lodgepole.

The decision to move the equipment was passed unanimously by Brazeau County Council on Tuesday, with the idea to move the unit out to Station One in Lodgepole coming after recent fires in the area as well as the large loss of property in fire events like the 2016 Fort McMurray fire being taken into consideration.

The Fire Service says despite the unit being replaced earlier this year it still has value and would work perfectly in Lodgepole where the call volume is significantly lower, and would help reduce wear and tear on the heavier pumper already at Station One.

The 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 can help suppress wildland fires with a 300 gallon water tank, a 2500 gallon portable water tank and a 1,700 foot forestry hose on the truck. The unit can also perform traffic control duties on motor vehicle collisions.

The financial impact of keeping the vehicle in the community will be minimal, with the costs of repairs, fuel, registration and insurance already being included in the current fire department budget. 

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