It changed into in April of remaining yr when the Oliver Fire Department changed into given a mandate by the city to search out a used truck to change a dated unit within the fleet.
Nonetheless with a budget of finest 100-thousand greenbacks and extremely runt readily accessible within the community, OFD Truck committee members knew they needed to catch ingenious.
“We sat down and put our heads collectively and we figured we had the resources right here,” OFD Firefighter Dennis Munkhoff acknowledged.
“Why not buy a stab at taking some arrangement off the outdated truck, sourcing a cabin chassis and constructing a truck for ourselves?” he added.
The end result – a 2016, sourced out Freightliner 108 SD with a modified physique, retrofitted 2000 gallon water tank.
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Oliver Fire Chief Bob Graham calls it not excellent the newest truck to the fleet, nonetheless a machine that offers the department with one more weapon to fight wild land and brush fires.
“The pump on this truck is self sustaining of the engine that suggests we are capable of force down the road with the pump working, hanging out fires as we creep.”
Graham says the most neatly-liked addition to the fleet will most certainly be mountainous make a selection at cut rate rate.
“If we has stumbled on this truck exactly fancy this from a producer, it changed into rate somewhere between three to four hundred thousand greenbacks.”
The 26-thousand pound project took roughly 9 months to waste and is good the most neatly-liked rallying yowl for this shrimp fire department within the south Okanagan.
“Every member contributed to this,” acknowledged Munkhoff.
“You have to well per chance below no circumstances stare one thing fancy this popping out of a professional department the put they excellent wouldn’t be pleased those kinds of additional resources that volunteers invent.”
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