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REPORTING · 26th October 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Fire Department is sending a Fire Truck to Peru through Firefighters Without Boarders. The truck being sent is Unit #21301, a 1978 Ford L9000 Fire Truck. Firefighters Without Boarders is an organization dedicated to helping fire departments around the world. They take donations of decommissioned gear, equipment and apparatus.

In a memo to Council, Fire Chief Trent Bossence explained the truck was taken out of service following Mechanical concerns after 29 years of use. It sits on the fire fighter’s training grounds being used for training exercises.

Councillor Corinne Scott made the motion to donate the truck. “The logistics of delivering this fire truck from Kitimat to Peru is all assumed by Fire Fighters Without Boarders Organization. The only commitment from Council would be the granting of the truck as well as the delivery of the unit from Prince Rupert,” said Scott.

On request from Councillor Mario Feldhoff, Bossence explained the Firefighters Without Boarders works with third world countries. They get the gear over there but also send training officers. The Truck has been out of service for 6 years. The Organization and the Peru Government will get the truck to a standard to operate in Peru and make it safe to use. Bossence pointed out the standards in British Columbia are much stricter.

Feldhoff clarified the truck would be worthless in Canada. The motion to donate the fire truck was called and carried.

We had an opportunity to ask Fire Chief Bossence just how many lives Unit 21301 has saved in its years of service. The response: Countless.