Delta Fire Has New Trucks!
Jun 22, 2016
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Delta Fire has acquired two brand-new firetrucks.
In 2009, Delta Fire & Emergency Services began a program of right-sizing its fleet in an effort to be more efficient and reduce its carbon footprint. With the introduction of small SUV type hybrid support staff vehicles, the department replaced six of its larger gasoline fuelled vehicles.
Delta subsequently reviewed its emergency response apparatus statistical data. The department’s call volume totals had increased including; alarms, hazmat, rescue, medical aid and motor vehicle incidents, while Fire related calls were holding steady. Based on these findings and the increasing costs of large apparatus, it was decided in 2015 to purchase two small alternative response vehicles over the larger options, stationing one in the south and one in the north. The two vehicles have recently been delivered to the department and crews are currently being trained in their operation.
These smaller, more fuel efficient response vehicles also have firefighting capability with a reduced water supply augmented with compressed air foam system and set up to be a smaller version of our bigger apparatus. These units will be cheaper to maintain and have considerably better manoeuvrability around the community. Research data from other jurisdictions currently operating similar alternative response vehicles showed a cost savings of between 20-30% on fuel and maintenance. For example, it is considerably cheaper to replace a set of tires on the smaller units than the much larger ladder apparatus. In addition, the overall life-cycle of the large apparatus can be extended by reducing wear and tear.
The cost savings along with advantages and disadvantages of this type of response vehicle will be monitored closely and the data comparison will be presented to Council at a future date.