New Rescue Truck Arrives in Terrace

John Crawford
Reported by Steve Ross

The Terrace Fire Department's new Highway Rescue Vehicle has arrived and is ready to roll. 
Deputy Fire Chief Dave Jephson calls it another tool in the tool box, to help the Fire Department keep the community safe.

"We're calling this a rescue truck -- highway rescue because it responds the bulk of the time to motor vehicle accidents outside of Terrace., but it also responds to motorvehicle accidents in Terrace -- not only does it do motor vehicle accidents, it'll do high angle calls, confined space calls, water rescue calls, hazmat calls," he explained.

Jephson and Terrace Mayor Carol Leclerc were on hand for the official unveiling Thursday, along with LNG Canada respresentative Jennifer Prochera.

LNG Canada contributed $500,000 toward the $760,000 cost of the truck, and Prochera said that, as construction of the project in Kitimat ramps up, it's important for Terrace to have a first class vehicle ready to respond to any emergency that might crop up.   

"In construction phase, we're going to have up to seven thousand workers in and out of the Terrace Airport and into Kitimat and so that highway's going to be busy -- looking at what if something did happen, what is the impact of that, whaat sort of incident could happen and is there the capability to actually respond to that," she said.

Mayor Leclerc says past history shows that many people who work in Kitimat live in the Terrace area.

"We know that between 25 and 30 per cent of the people that work at Rio Tinto live in the greater Terrace area, so when we expect LNG Canada to be up and running, we know that there's going to be a similar pattern that's going to happen," she said.


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