The District of North Vancouver is planning to buy three wildfire fighting trucks for the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.
District recently issued a RFP to select a ‘proponent who has the knowledge, technical resources, experience, reputation and capacity to design, manufacture, deliver and provide on-going support and service for up to three Wildland Fire Fighting Trucks for the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service’.
District plans to have two trucks delivered in 2020 or early 2021 and an optional truck to be delivered in 2022, based on a Class 5 truck to include seating for up to five firefighters, and provision for stowage of equipment.
According to the RFP, the truck is to also incorporate a deck area to locate a 350 imperial gallon water tank and pump plus further stowage atop the water tank.
The district occupies approximately 160 square kilometres of land and has a significant amount of area where community meets the forest area and is vulnerable to wildfire damage.
In 2019, the district also updated the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and completed FireSmart training for staff and engaged with three local neighbourhoods to undertake FireSmart practices.
The District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 4,443 incidents in 2019, either on its own, or as part of a tri-municipal effort.
The average turnout time was 1 minute and 31 seconds, and the average response time was 5 minutes and 36 seconds, according to DNV annual report.