The last time the Montreal Canadians won the Stanley Cup was in 1993, the same year that two trucks; a Tanker and second Line Pumper entered service in the CVR Fire Service currently stationed in Dewberry.
On Tuesday, Chief Kevin MacDonald took possession of a new 2021 Freightliner Pumper/Tanker from Rocky Mountain Phoenix. The new truck replaces those two 1993 model fire apparatus. A dual purpose truck, designated Tanker #8-3, carries 2100 gallons of water, has a fire rated structural pump, and is agile enough to be effective off-road for wildland interface fires.
“This apparatus provides flexibility to our northern district by allowing the CVR to move water, fight fire and go places some of our larger trucks can’t always go” said Chief Kirk Hughes, Director of Protective Services for the County of Vermilion River. “It’s a welcome addition to our fleet, replaces two older trucks and is a key part of our wildfire interface program. The Dewberry area is now that much more safer with the addition of this truck”.
Tanker #8-3 is currently under going work Hughes says, outfitting and crew familiarization and is expected to be fully operational this coming week.
A formal “push-in” ceremony will be held at a future date, says Hughes.
“Thank you to the County of Vermilion River Council, Chief Administrative Officer, former Director Orest Popil and the Volunteers at the Dewberry Fire Hall for making this purchase (from Capital Reserve) possible,” Hughes said.
Congratulations Dewberry Fire and Rescue.