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Being proactive helps to keep Richmond safe

By Don Fennell

Published 12:39 PDT, Wed September 2, 2020

When it comes to public safety, Richmond leaves nothing to chance.

To ensure the all-important services provided by Richmond Fire-Rescue are kept up the date, city council has adopted a fleet replacement plan that is based on a presumed life cycle of 20 years for each emergency vehicle. Currently, Richmond Fire-Rescue has a response fleet of 17 emergency response vehicles, the majority in service for less than 12 years.

“The plan is carefully mapped out to ensure that important emergency response vehicles do not all age out at the same time, and can be replaced in a timely fashion of one or two per year,” explains city communications manager Clay Adams.

All the  vehicles are equipped with the most up-to-date equipment to ensure the city’s “front-line personnel are able to provide essential life-saving support for the entire community.”

Earlier this year, council approved purchasing two new engines. But in some years there are no vehicles that require replacing. 

Adams says that Richmond has several high-density areas. But working closely with the city, Richmond Fire-Rescue is able to ensure all structures of seven storeys or higher are constructed in a way that allows fighting fires to be carried out effectively. Buildings under seven storeys can be accessed by crews via the department’s 105-foot ladder truck that is housed at the Crestwood No. 7 hall located on No. 6 Road.

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