Stony Plain Fire Department acquires new aerial ladder fire truck
Purchase cost-shared with City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County
The Town of Stony Plain’s Fire Department’s vehicle fleet has been enhanced, with the acquisition of a new aerial ladder fire truck that will benefit not only the residents of Stony Plain, but those of all three communities within the Tri-Municipal Region.
In February 2011, the Town entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County to share equally the capital costs to purchase aerial ladder fire trucks for each community. The MoU dictates the municipality purchasing the apparatus is the owner, and therefore, is solely responsible for all operating costs.
The Tri-Municipal Region’s three mayors had a first-hand look at Stony Plain’s new aerial ladder fire truck on May 22. View image gallery
Mayors high in the sky in the Town's aerial ladder fire truck
“This aerial fire truck enhances our ability to successfully fight fires, especially larger ones, both in our community and in the whole region,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “As we have seen with recent fires in the area, large fires can occur at any time. This vehicle supports our collaborative efforts to build safe communities, by equipping our firefighters with the necessary tools to help keep us safe.”
“As a Tri-Municipal Region, we recognize the importance of providing our residents with a safe community and ensuring our emergency service providers have the appropriate equipment to help make that happen,” says Stuart Houston, mayor of Spruce Grove. “By working together, we are providing our firefighters with the gear they need to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
“With the types of development in Stony Plain, particularly multi-level residential developments, it is important to have this type of equipment available,” says Rod Shaigec, mayor of Parkland County. “Firefighters need to have access to equipment that will allow them to take a more aggressive approach to fighting fires and minimizing damage.”
The more than $1.3-million Pierce Sky Arm Articulating Aerial Fire Truck, which arrived in Stony Plain on April 29, boasts a 100-foot ladder with a platform – a feature that greatly extends the reach of firefighters in emergency situations. Under pressure, the aerial’s nozzle can deliver water at a rate of up to 4,000 litres per minute.
Other main features include:
- the flexible ladder provides the capability of maneuvering up and over roof peeks and obstacles, accessing narrow and confined spaces or working below grade;
- the ladder allows firefighters to climb up or down, while remaining in a stationary position;
- the ladder can be positioned and unmanned, allowing it to be used as a secondary emergency access point for firefighters;
- the platform can be lowered to the ground for rescue operation (civilians do not have to climb down the ladder); and
- the platform has a ‘standpipe,’ which permits firefighters to reach higher levels – without having to run hoses up the ladder.
The new equipment was needed because of the existing population; ongoing and projected growth within the Tri-Municipal Region; the sizes and heights of new building construction; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines; and changes to Occupational Health and Safety firefighting regulations.
The City obtained its new aerial ladder fire truck in 2011. The Town’s truck was purchased, because the three municipalities agreed a second vehicle was also necessary for the region. Eventually, Parkland County will obtain its truck; however, as per the MoU, it must provide its neighbouring municipalities with at least 24 months' notice before proceeding with the purchase.
Although the Town’s new truck will not officially start operating until mid-June, it was already used to battle the Sonora Apartment Complex fire in Stony Plain on May 9. Members of the Stony Plain Fire Department are now training to use the truck and its many features.
About the Tri-Municipal Region
The Tri-Municipal Region consists of the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County. The three municipalities work together to collaborate on major initiatives designed to enhance services and improve the quality of life for their residents.