Houston firefighters try out the department's new water hauler on April 12.

New water-hauler rolls into Houston fire department

Houston firefighters made a splash with a shiny new water-hauler last week.

Houston firefighters made a splash with a shiny new water-hauler last week.

Fire Chief Jim Daigneault says the new truck will mainly shuttle water to out-of-town areas that have no fire hydrants.

Equipped with a 1,500-gallon tank that takes just five minutes to fill, he said the new truck can haul more water than the 40-year-old truck it’s replacing.

“It gives us a lot of flexibility,” Daigneault said. “It’s actually got a good pump on it, so it can just fight a fire as well.”

Crews tried out that pump for the first time on Thursday while driving the truck slowly down 11th Street. That “pump and roll” technique is a big help in fighting fast-spreading grass and brush fires, said Daigneault.

Shawn Dick, handles B.C. and Yukon sales for Rocky Mountain Phoenix, the company that won last year’s bid to supply the District of Houston with the $194,000 Rosenbauer fire truck.

Inside the water-hauler is a collapsible tank that looks like a giant wading pool, he explained.

When they pull up to a fire, the hauling crew dumps that pool on the ground and fills it using a 10-inch chute that pours 1,000 gallons a minute.

Then they drive back to a hydrant for a refill, leaving a pool of water that fire engines can suck up using suction hoses.

“They just keep filling the pool, and the other trucks do the main firefighting,” said Dick.

Asked what it’s like to be a firetruck dealer, he admitted it’s a lot of fun.

“Every single truck I sell, I get to have at my house and drive,” he said, smiling.

That’s a huge bonus for his six-year-old son, he added, who got to bring his Dad’s fire truck  to his Grade 1 show-and-tell this year.

“He was pretty much the coolest kid in school,” he said, laughing.

 

Just Posted

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Cyclist braking stigma on addiction from coast to coast

Mathew Fee aims at world record for longest distance on BMX bike while sharing his story of recovery

Parliament Hill 4-20 organizers predict record crowd after legalization

A celebration? Yes, but organizers say concerns remain about the government’s decisions on legalization rollout

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, multiple people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Most Read