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Fire Department To Get New Fire Trucks
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Knowlton will soon have new fire trucks perhaps looking like this new truck recently delivered to a fire department in Vermont. A new fire truck is a sign of pride for a town and especially a sign of appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives for the public safety of the citizens.The town's plans to put out a tender for the supply of three brand new fire trucks for Lac Brome is indeed good news for residents who are in the area protected by the Knowlton Fire Department.

As is the case with other fire departments, many of which are notoriousely strapped for funding, the fire trucks in many Quebec departments are averaging over 20 years of service. Improvements to efficiency and driver safety have been made and it is in the best interest of the safety of our brave fire fighters that they be equipped with the most modern technology.

One is reminded of a soldier risking life and limb entering a battle, it is critical that the soldier have the best equipment available.

With Knowlton experiencing such rapid growth there are always concerns with public safety, as there is in any rural area that depends on large network of dedicated volunteer emergency and rescue personel.

In August the fire department answered seven fire alarms, responded to 12 minor interventions and had to assist in one rescue. So far in 2006 there have been 56 responses by the fire department to fire alarms.

With more people living and commuting on the roads of the Lac Brome area it is crucial that emergency crews can respond quickly to fire alarms and then have the best equiptment available to tackle the fire. During peak tourist seasons the roads can be quite congested with motorbikes and visitors seeing the sights of the region. New and improved fire trucks would keep the fire fighters much safer and would be able to respond quicker to emergencies.

Surely the three new trucks would better suit a brand new fire hall? The current Knowlton fire hall is in a bit of an awkward position. There is often traffic at the intersection of Lakeside and Knowlton road making responding to alarms perhaps not as easy as if the fire hall was located closer to a more central "hub" or perhaps just on a wider roadway not so close to an extremely narrow and often crowded four way stop.

Regardless, the fact that the town wants to invest in the future safety by purchasing new fire trucks is an excellent step forward and a sure sign that the growth of Knowlton is assured!

Buying fire trucks is not like going to a car lot and picking out the latest off-the-shelf model and the act of going to tender is likely only a long process of procurement since each fire department who purchases a truck has different needs and the manufacturers of the fire fighting technology offer a wide array of custom features to meet the needs of any fire department. To see some of the lovely new trucks that are being built in the quest for public safety it is interesting to visit the website of Pierce Manufacturing, a large and renowned supplier of fire trucks. Most interesting is perhaps the new safety innovations that are being used in modern fire trucks.

Once again, congratulations to all the fire fighters of Lac Brome, you deserve it!

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