Feb 23, 2023

Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Ladder Truck to be acquired by CVRD

 Ladysmith Fire/Rescue’s (LFR) Ladder 1 truck will find its new home in North Oyster after serving our community for 25 years.

Ladysmith Council is waiving the Town’s Purchasing Policy to permit the sale of the 1997 Superior Ladder Truck to the Cowichan Valley Regional District for $30,000, plus taxes.

The truck will be used by the North Oyster Volunteer Fire Department.

“The CVRD’s purchase of Ladder 1 is a fantastic outcome for the residents of Ladysmith and Area H (Diamond, North Oyster, Yellow Point),” said Mayor Aaron Stone. 

“Through the Mutual Aid Agreements among Cowichan Valley fire responders, this asset will continue to be available to our neighbours and increase our collective ability to address emergencies in our region.”

Ladysmith’s new Sutphen SPH100 Mid-Mount Aerial Platform truck is now being used by firefighters during weekly training and replaces the 1997 Superior Ladder Truck.

As our community grows, the addition of this modern aerial vehicle enhances Ladysmith’s fire protection capacity, particularly when LFR members are responding to mid-rise buildings or when stationed on steep road inclines.

The new vehicle features a 100-foot ladder with a platform bucket for optimal safety and rescue capabilities when working at heights.

As a result, the addition of Ladder 1 to the North Oyster fleet will also now grow the total number of aerial devices available if required for a major fire event in the local area.

The net funds will be used by the Town following the completion of the sale to pay down the debt on the new aerial truck.

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For Information:
Mike Gregory
Communications and Engagement Specialist
mgregory@ladysmith.ca | 250.210.1740