Mor­rin Fire De­part­ment re­ceives new fire truck

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

“It’s a hell of a truck,” says Mor­rin fire chief Darcy David­son as he looks at the de­part­ment’s newly ar­rived fire truck.

The Mor­rin Fire De­part­ment’s 2016 edi­tion Freight­liner fire truck was de­liv­ered from Win­nipeg on April 1 and with it came en­hanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties and protection for fight­ing fires in Star­land County.

An en­closed pump con­trol crown pro­vides cov­ered seat­ing for six and protection for op­er­a­tors from the haz­ards of fire scenes and pro­tects against the el­e­ments, while also pro­vid­ing a warm place to rest for ac­ci­dent and fire vic­tims.

In­creased seat­ing to six from just three in the pre­vi­ous truck “elim­i­nates the need to take your own car to the fire,” said David­son.

The truck’s front mounted turret al­lows crews to pump and roll in­stead of only spray­ing while sta­tion­ary, and the built in light­ing mostly stops the need for flash­lights. Equip­ment stor­age space has also dou­bled in size.

“It adds a whole new de­gree of safety,” said David­son.

“The county’s fire pro­gram has been a big in­cen­tive for hold­ing on to vol­un­teers. Not a lot of guys want to go out at 3 a.m. to fight a fire in a 1970s Dodge,” David­son jokes.

On the con­trary, Star­land County has been ag­gres­sive in keep­ing a mod­ern­ized fleet for

fire depart­ments as a part of its emer­gency man­age­ment plan.

“We try to up­grade all the time and keep things cur­rent,” said Reeve Barry Hoover.

The truck cost around $390,000 and re­places a 2004 Freight­liner model, paid for by both Star­land County and the Vil­lage of Mor­rin. The county will take pos­ses­sion of the pre­vi­ous fire truck.

Ev­ery­thing ex­cept the chas­sis and frame were built by the Fort Garry com­pany in Win­nipeg in just un­der a year.

“It hasn’t seen its first call yet. As much as you want to stretch its legs you hope you don’t have to,” said David­son.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

Mor­rin F ire Depar tment t ook their new 2016 fir e truck out on Tues­day night f or train­ing. Pic­tured is Star­land County Reeve Barry Hoover, Fire Chief Darcy Da vid­son, Deput y Chief R andy Gri­d­ley , C ap­tain Kevin Robinson, C ap­tain R ichard Ti­etge,...

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