Kitimat Donates Fire Truck to Peru

A fire truck used in Kitimat for nearly three decades is on its way to Vancouver, in preparation for donation to Peru. Unit #21301, a 1978 Ford L9000, was picked up this morning and will join a convoy of trucks and equipment donated by fire departments in Smithers and Prince George.

This donation is part of an initiative undertaken by Firefighters Without Borders Canada, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping fire departments around the world recover from difficult situations and prepare for future challenges. Fire trucks and equipment collected by FWB no longer meet standards established by the National Fire Protection Association; this gear cannot be used in Canada. FWB ensures donated items are in good working order and will help firefighters in Peru deliver emergency services more effectively and efficiently.

"To finally have the day come when we're going to watch this truck drive off, is bittersweet," said Kitimat Fire Chief Trent Bossence. "It's sad to see a truck that has been in our department for many years go, but we know it's not going to a landfill or an auto wrecker. It's actually going to get used some more. We are very happy we can send our truck to a place where it is needed."

"The fire departments of BC have been very supportive," added FWB Canada President Bob Dubbert, who travelled from Vancouver to Kitimat at his own expense to move the fire truck. "Even a lot of private companies – BC Hydro and others – have donated equipment."

Accompanying the Kitimat fire truck is an assortment of decommissioned equipment and gear. Included are contributions from firefighters in Kitamaat Village and Terrace.

Unit #21301 was taken out of service due to mechanical issues after approximately 29 years of service. It was subsequently utilized for firefighter training exercises. All costs for delivering the truck and equipment to Peru are being assumed by FWB Canada.

Pictured (left to right): Fire Chief Trent Bossence, Dan Jerrett, Cameron Kelso, Adam Taylor, Dave Ingram, Bob Dubbert (FWB Canada), Deputy Chief Peter Bizarro.