Today, in support of this commitment, Member of Parliament Neil Ellis announced on behalf of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan that 8 Wing Trenton is the first location to take possession of the new fire trucks.
Known as the Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle (AFFV) these modern trucks provide fire fighting capabilities, rescue and casualty evacuation to a height of 35 meters. They feature a casualty recovery platform that previous vehicles didn’t have. The vehicles were procured to fight fires on modern infrastructure found on Bases and Wings including fires in ammunition and fuel containment areas.
The new fire trucks will replace some of the current vehicles that have been in use since the mid-90s and that have exceeded their life expectancy. They will add to those firefighting fleets that do not have the capabilities the AFFV will bring.
In June 2016, a contract was awarded to Aréo-Feu based in Longueuil, Québec to supply the vehicles. A total of nine new vehicles will be delivered to Bases and Wings across Canada. The last vehicle is expected to be delivered in April 2018, with an option to purchase three more vehicles.
The following Bases will each receive one new Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicles: Cold Lake, Bagotville, Trenton, Comox, Greenwood, Suffield, Shilo, Gagetown and Esquimalt.
Note: truck may not be exactly like image at top.