“We’re very pleased with the truck. It was built on a custom chassis and the cab is designed to withstand the entire weight of the truck in a rollover. More firefighters die in rollovers than in fires,” mentioned Firechief Mike McKenna. The truck carries 1,500 gallons of water, can pump 1,750 gallons a minute, and carries a 2000 gallon pool, 4000 feet of hose and longer than average ladders because of the large number of two story buildings in the region.
“Another advantage of this truck is that it has a compressed air foam system, known as a CAFS. This adds a foam concentrate to the water, making the water more effective,” added Mr. McKenna who worked on the design for about a year and then worked closely with the manufacturer on the construction. The truck is equipped with other features such as lighting built right around the truck that comes on when the firefighters arrive at a fire. The top of the truck has doors instead of canvas to cover the hosebed, making it much easier and safer for firemen to access and put away the hoses.
The cab of the truck can hold eight firefighters. “”If we’re called out for mutual aid, we can make our game plan en route, assign tasks, so when we get there we don’t have to have a meeting. There was a lot of planning to make it userfriendly and make the tools accessible. It was based on the experiences we’ve had, the experience of others and of experts in the field,” explained the Firechief.
In the first six days alone after receiving the truck, it went out on five calls. “I’d like to commend the councils of North Hatley and Canton Hatley for choosing the special cab to keep the firefighters safe. This truck will be efficient and relevant for quite a few years and with our mutual aid agreements it will help all in the region. It’s a blessing,” concluded Firechief McKenna.