COMOX B.C- Comox Fire Rescue has recently replaced one of their most used vehicles.

The new vehicle, Squad #39, will be a rapid intervention vehicle designed to be “first-out” for a large variety of emergency incidents, said fire chief Gord Schreiner in a news release.

“Having a smaller, but very capable vehicle like this respond first gets our important services to them quicker,” said Schreiner.

“This is the perfect format for our first responder program but the vehicle also plays a significant role in responding to fires and rescues.”

According to Comox Fire Rescue the old one has been with the fire department since 2001 and will now be used as a utility vehicle to haul equipment.

Schreiner added that these types of vehicles are used the most when it comes to emergencies.

“This is our most used emergency response vehicle. While not as capable as a full size fire engine it can make a significant difference, while at the same time reducing the wear and tear of our larger fire engines.”

The new vehicle contains all the necessary things to respond to a variety of emergencies including:

– 250 imperial gallons of water
– A large fire blanket (for vehicle fires)
– Ladders
– Self-contained breathing apparatus
– First responder medical equipment
– A basket stretcher
– Auto extrication equipment

The new vehicle costs about $160,000.00 and is expected to serve Comox Fire for the next twenty years.