Si­mon the Snorkel truck ready for re­tire­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa mailphoto by ,atric@ Ko­lafa

By this time next year, Si­mon the Snorkel truck may be re­tired.

The Drumheller Fire De­part­ment is get­ting close to re­leas­ing ten­ders for a new lad­der truck. This is to re­place its cur­rent truck, which has been in ser­vice for about three decades.

Fire Chief Bruce Wade says he and a cou­ple of fire­fight­ers at­tended a demo day to check out what is of­fered for the ap­pa­ra­tus.

“We kind of fi­nal­ized what we are look­ing for and what chas­sis it is on, and did a test drive,” said Wade. “We hope to have the ten­der out by the end of the month.”

He ex­plains there are es­sen­tially two man­u­fac­tur­ers in Canada that can of­fer what the de­part­ment re­quires.

They are look­ing for a sin­gle axle truck with a 100foot lad­der ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It will re­quire a 1,300-gal­lon per minute pump and seat­ing for six fire­fight­ers.

“One of the things we are look­ing for, is enough stor­age for high vol­ume hose so we don’t have to feed it from an­other truck,” he said. “It would be our first line of at­tack truck so it would go to any struc­ture fires in town.”

With the ad­di­tion of their truck and its ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the de­part­ment will be able to move its Num­ber 2 Pump to East Coulee, and help build its hall’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The de­part­ment has had the Si­mon Snorkel truck since 1983 and it has the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to fight fires up to three storeys high.

Wade said while many de­part­ments may not have this kind of ap­pa­ra­tus, it is valu­able in al­low­ing the de­part­ment to more safely fight struc­ture fires.

“The way houses are con­structed now with sec­tions burn­ing and col­laps­ing, you just can’t put guys on roofs any­more be­cause they are sub­ject to col­lapse,” said Wade.

The De­part­ment ex­pects de­liv­ery would in the fall of next year.

-he Arumheller Fire Aepart­ment is al­most ready to send out ten­der for a new sinBle a8le lad­der truc@ to re­place its ci­mon snor@el truc@E

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