Lake Country’s new wildland urban interface engine gets outfitted with a port-a-tank.

Lake Country’s new wildland urban interface engine gets outfitted with a port-a-tank.

New fire truck hits the road in Lake Country

It has a 1,050-gallon-per-minute pump to relay high volumes of water long distances

Lake Country firefighters are now even better prepared for an emergency.

The department has received a new fire engine for the Carr’s Landing hall.

“This engine is designed especially for wildland interface operations, in other words, emergency fire response to subdivisions that border forests,” said fire chief Steve Windsor.

The new engine apparatus has the benefit of higher clearances, 4×4 traction and carries 20 gallons of foam in addition to 800 gallons of water, with a dump valve, for increased versatility. Additionally, it can become an agile water transport vehicle able to fill port-a-tanks in areas lacking water supply.

It has a 1,050-gallon-per-minute pump to relay high volumes of water long distances or to deploy multiple hand lines or water cannons in situations where it is the primary attack vehicle.

Besides being an interface engine, it can function as a regular fire engine for residential and commercial emergencies and is equipped with insta-chains for winter operation.

The engine will also be rigged with a complement of equipment for medical emergencies, including the gear and equipment required for rope rescue situations.

The truck is staffed by one driver/engineer, one officer and three firefighters from the volunteer force.

The Lake Country Fire Department is currently looking for new recruits. Applications are available at www.lakecountry.bc.ca.