An inked agreement between Trail and the regional district marks another step in all hands on deck for emergency preparedness.
The partnership involves the purchase of an ATV primarily for emergency use on the Columbia River Skywalk should something unthinkable happen to the Victoria Street Bridge.
If traffic becomes blocked on the city’s vehicle connector, the quad will be fired up to transport patients across the pedestrian bridge to the regional hospital.
“This is a 50:50 partnership between the City of Trail and RDKB (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary) for the purchase and maintenance of the ATV – the agreement is for 5 years,” says Trail Mayor Mike Martin. “This makes for a great partnership which will enhance emergency service options for both the city and regional fire service.”
The contract total is $56,000 over the five-year term, with the city paying half and the six other participants in the Kootenay Boundary fire service paying the remainder.
The unit will be stored in regional fire hall on a trailer much the same as the department’s rescue boat, and will be available 24/7 in the event of an emergency when a conventional truck may be unable to access the site.
“The fire service sees this as a means by which to reach difficult wildfire situations which may not be accessible by regular service vehicles,” added Martin.