Cranbrook’s new fire engine perfect for fighting fires in rural areas

Cranbrook Fire Department’s new fire engine is purpose-built for the demands of the area. - Photo City of Cranbrook
Cranbrook Fire Department’s new fire engine is purpose-built for the demands of the area.
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A new Pierce Dash CF PUC fire engine was delivered to the City of Cranbrook Fire Department and now begins active service.

This is the first Dash CF provided to a department in North America for front line use. The engine combines the most rugged and reliable technologies available in a configuration designed for performance and safety.

Fire fighters quickly notice the improved visibility, ease of access to the cab and equipment, and the vastly improved handling. The engine has the tightest turning radius available on the market and a unique pump and roll feature which will aid fire fighters in getting water to the fire faster.

“The improved outward visibility, lower step-in height and easy access for service are just a few of the features our team was drawn to when evaluating the Dash CF,” adds Wayne Price, Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “Everything about this state-of-the art truck adds up to enhanced safety and ease of maintenance.”

The fire engine was designed from the ground up for service in the Cranbrook area, with large onboard water and foam capabilities to improve initial response to fires in rural areas and enough room to house the equipment required to deal with the wide variety of services CF&ES provides.

“I am impressed with the exceptional value our community is getting in this new fire engine, its design and function is ten years ahead of any other new fire apparatus on the market,” says Dave Lind, Deputy Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “Due to some fortunate timing we were able to purchase the truck without additional costs and today, the same truck would cost significantly more.”

From a mechanics perspective the fire engine is easy to work on, requiring little maintenance and providing better access to components when repairs are required. For example, a pump impellor can be changed out in less than three hours, a task which takes several days on most fire apparatus.

“Cranbrook is setting a precedence of quality which should result in increased dependability and reduced long term maintenance costs,” says Brian Howe, mechanic with the City of Cranbrook. “This is one of the best built trucks that I have seen in my twenty four years of working with fire apparatus.”

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