Russell Township recently completed the purchase of two new tanker trucks for Fire and Rescue Services. The purchase was budgeted as part of the Capital Projects for 2021 and 2022 and replaces both former tanker trucks, which were 22 years-old and nearing the end of their lifespan. Tankers are usually used to supply water on-scene, although a small onboard pump allows them to serve as main pumpers as needed.
“While this is a large purchase, proper long term financial planning has allowed us the ability to maintain our high level of service, which in turn helps protect both our communities and those responsible with coming to our aid in the most difficult of times,” said Mayor Pierre Leroux.
One truck each has been assigned to Station 1 in Embrun and Station 2 in Russell, and since the trucks are identical, training and operating procedures are standardized across the department. Most firefighters in the Township have already completed their training with the new equipment.
“I want to thank Council for their continued support and investment towards Fire and Rescue Services,” says Fire Chief Bruce Armstrong. “The technology of these new tankers introduces a safer truck for our firefighters and maintains our outstanding service to the community.”