USA — The County of Grande Prairie now boasts one of the most modern fleets of fire equipment in the province, after the addition of a Wildland Urban Interface fire engine to the fire department in Sexsmith.
Similar units are already in place at the County fire station in the Dunes, as well as municipal partnering stations in Beaverlodge, Wembley, and Hythe.
County fire chief Everett Cooke talks about the importance of having standardized equipment throughout the area.
“It’s important to have everything standardized, so that firefighter that comes off of one truck can go to the next and know where a piece of equipment is located, and know the capabilites of that unit. In addition to that, having units in our partner departments that have these capabilities will allow us to combat wildland interface fires quicker and better.”
The unit, which can be used to battle both urban and rural fires, holds up to one thousand gallons of water and can pump 1250 gallons per minute, which is double the capacity of the engine it is replacing.