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New engine takes the lead

Pictured in front of the new engine, from left: Oyster River fire chief Niels Holbek; Brenda Leigh, Strathcona Regional District director for Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake; Area C director Edwin Grieve; and Oyster River deputy chief Bruce Green. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Pictured in front of the new engine, from left: Oyster River fire chief Niels Holbek; Brenda Leigh, Strathcona Regional District director for Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake; Area C director Edwin Grieve; and Oyster River deputy chief Bruce Green.
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The Oyster River Volunteer Fire Rescue Association has acquired a new rescue engine.

The Comox Valley Regional District and ORVFRA have worked together to establish a program where fire rescue equipment is brought into service in a cost-effective manner and meets apparatus standards to enhance safety of crew members and the public. A key factor in attaining or maintaining an acceptable rating from public fire protection standards is the requirement to operate only equipment within specified age parameters. This engine replaces a 1993 Volvo engine and a 2003 Ford F350 rescue truck.

“The members of Oyster River fire rescue and the manager of fire services for the CVRD all contributed to the design of this new apparatus, including the layout of the cabinets and the placement of equipment, said Edwin Grieve, CVRD board chair and Area C director.

Features of the engine include four-wheel drive capabilities, a full complement of firefighting and medical equipment, multiple ladders and vehicle extrication equipment.

"This new truck will boost the department’s ability to save lives and property. The truck holds numerous life-saving pieces of equipment, with up-to-the minute technology,” said Brenda Leigh, Strathcona Regional District director for Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake.

“Following several weeks of familiarization with the truck, driving experience and hands-on pump operation, the new unit went into service at the end of March and has already been the lead engine on numerous emergency responses,” added Oyster River fire chief Niels Holbek.

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