Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left)

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left)

Lumby fire department trumpets in new truck

Volunteer department has a new Freightliner rescue vehicle to support community service

A new, shiny red truck is helping to keep the residents of Lumby safe.

The Lumby Fire Department recently acquired a 2012 freightliner rescue truck, which will replace two of its aging trucks.

“They’re getting old and unreliable,” said Tony Clayton, Lumby fire chief, of the 1990 units.

The rescue truck, which carries the jaws of life, also acts as a multi-purpose facility with a command and accident unit built right in.

“This one is kind of unique,” said Clayton.

“It’s more versatile and it will last us for the next 20 years.”

It has been designed with features that support firefighting operations and major disasters within the community.

Those include a command area, firefighter rehab, an air fill station, portable lighting and a compressed air foam system.

The truck has been in the planning and building stage for the past four years and was built by Hub Fire Engines in Abbotsford.

Clayton says the department appreciates the efforts of Lumby council and the regional district to help acquire the unit.