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Friday , 22 January 2021
From left, Pat Stenne-ATCO, Kevin Martin- Firefighter and President of the Vermilion Fire Rescue Society, Justin Hicks-ATCO, and Anton Krys-Deputy Chief of Vermilion Fire & Rescue. Photo submitted

ATCO supports Vermilion Fire Department

Earlier this week, the Vermilion Fire Department received a $5,000 donation from ATCO.

The funds will be put towards upgrading their wildland firetruck.

Their current half ton has limitations with weight capacity, so they are hoping to replace it sometime next year.

They’ll look for a truck with a bigger stature that can more easily haul their side-by-side or provide mutual aid in different terrain.

“We are very appreciative of ATCO for their generosity,” said firefighter Kevin Martin.

“We applied in January and even though COVID postponed grant applications, they always stayed in contact with us. We have ATCO members on our department as well as past members, and ATCO works with us on calls so we maintain a good relationship.”

He said that the versatility of a wildland truck makes it easier for firefighters to get around fields, hills, and other terrain in comparison to using their heavy firetrucks, and they are able to get to those tighter areas quicker.

The Vermilion Fire Department will be looking for a truck between $40,000-$80,000.

Most of their equipment will be able to transfer from the old truck to the new one, but they expect the new truck will likely have additional weight capacity and tool storage for the future.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.