Golden Fire & Rescue will be adding a brand new truck to its fleet after a B.C. gaming grant secured the final $225,000 for the new vehicle. The latest grant comes in addition to grant money received late last year, meaning the entire $500,000 price tag will be going through the province.
The truck will be used primarily for road rescue, a service that the department took over from Golden and District Search and Rescue in 2012.
Since that time, the fire department has been using its fire trucks for road rescue purposes.
“Right now we are sending out a fire truck…it’s not designed as a rescue vehicle. Having a speciality vehicle is what’s needed out on the highways,” said Fire Chief Ken McClure.
The truck was custom built for Golden, making this a highly specialized acquisition for this area’s unpredictable weather and harsh terrain.
“The wheels themselves and the rubber tires…the tread design is designed for ice and snow. It does have automatic chains so that when you are driving and all of a sudden you have climate change…you flick a switch and the chains drop down,” McClure said.
The vehicle can seat eight and contains plenty of storage space for all necessary equipment. While it is designed for road rescue, it has fire fighting capabilities as well and can hold up to 625 gallons of water on board.
“I believe in multiple functions for units…being able to fight fire and having rescue capability is wonderful,” McClure said.
The truck will be an addition to the department’s fleet, rather than a replacement.
The department hopes to have the new truck delivered and ready for use by December.
“It’ll be a Christmas gift for the town of Golden,” McClure laughed.