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Oct. 15, 2021 | Friday
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New tanker for NOTL Fire
Deputy fire chief Nick Ruller, with Dave Ignatczyk, captain of St. Davids Fire Station 2, and Colin Hunter, with the new Tanker 2. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The fire department is putting out fires before they start with the introduction of a brand-new truck, deemed Tanker 2, to replace the 1972 Thibault tanker that had been mounted onto a used chassis in the 1990s.

The new custom-built firetruck drove into the St. Davids Fire Station 2 in July and, in addition to being safer and more efficient, can also haul more  water – “very important” for fighting fires in an area like NOTL, a media release fro the town said.

The new truck, a Kenworth T-370, cost $323,000 according to the town’s 2018 capital project, was “specifically designed for the unique characteristics of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s landscape,” said the release.

Deputy fire chief Nick Ruller said the old unit was auctioned as surplus through GovDeals and sold for $25,000.

The new truck is equipped with a 3,000-gallon water tank and an onboard pump which can feed another fire apparatus on scene.

The design was created with input from the town’s volunteer firefighters. Loaded with new features, the truck has improved emergency and scene lighting, a 360-degree camera system, high-visibility chevrons and a large traffic adviser to alert motorists when operating on Highway 405 and the QEW, the release said.