General · 21st August 2010
This year, Quadra Fire has a long awaited, brand new Tanker Pumper Fire Truck (T-12) added to its fleet of vehicles. Purchase of the new truck, which cost $280,000, was anticipated several years ago, and budgeted for by the FD planning staff and trustees. Thus no monies needed to be borrowed. Current insurance regulations require Fire Truck Pumpers to be replaced after 25 years, regardless of condition, or insurance costs go up considerably – both liability for fire department and homeowner insurance rates for residents in the fire district.
Currently Quadra Fire Department has two tankers to carry water TO the fire (Engine 12 and Engine 22); one Pumper to move water ONTO the fire (Engine 11); a foam application pumper (Engine 21); and a 4x4 with 2-inch hoses and foam pumping capabilities. The new Pumper Tanker (T-10) will greatly enhance firefighting capabilities with a second pumper bringing more water on scene. This addition to the fleet will also allow Quadra Island Fire Department to apply for hydrant equivalency for some of the local water supplies, and if accepted, will reduce the cost of some homeowner insurance locally.
The new pumper tanker (T-10) is 31 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, packs 1500 gals of water, and requires an air brake ticket to drive. In comparison, the present pumper Engine 11 carries 800 gallons, and the Tanker (Engine 22) carries 2000 gallons of water.
Long range planning is to replace the existing pumpers and tankers as necessary to maintain necessary fire fighting standards. As Tanker 12 is both a tanker and a pumper, it is planned to be used as tanker only, after it is 25 years old.
For more information, feel free to contact Fire Chief Sharon Clandenning, any Fire department member, or one of Fire Department trustees.