The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service is getting a brand new fleet of fire trucks designed to better assist first responders in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.
Vancouver Fire Rescue captain Jonathan Gormick says most of the 25 new trucks, which are equipped with high tech new pumps, will be operational by the end of the year.
He says that could be a very good thing in the case of a powerful earthquake.
“The fire pumps that are in some of our taller buildings may not function either because they would be rendered incapacitated, or in the case of a longer power outage, we may lose back up power if those building generators ran out of fuel, and we would need the added pumping pressure to reach some of the upper floors of those buildings if we needed fire suppression on the upper floors.”
But Gormick says the advantages of the new gear don’t just apply to a disaster situation. He says as the city grows taller, the higher pressure pumps will also pay off.
“Which is advantageous for reaching higher floors in some of our high-rises? There are high-rises throughout the city, but we are also looking at high-rises being placed around the Oakridge area now, so more high-rises in more areas of the city which is why we need the added pumping capacity.”
The price tag for the new fleet? $28.5 million US.