BC Hydro has just donated a crew cab truck worth $15,000 to the Masset Volunteer Fire Department to carry their crew, emergency life saving and fire fighting equipment.
“In the past we used the old vehicle for this purpose, however our accident response time was slow due to the poor condition of the vehicle,” said volunteer firefighter, Captain Jamie Grosse.
The donated vehicle is a 1995 Ford 350 4×4, and is no longer required by BC Hydro.
The Masset Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection and has about twenty volunteers.
“Each year the department responds to about 40 calls. Most of our fundraising is done through car washes, dances and chimney cleaning to purchase fire-fighting equipment,” said Mr. Grosse.
A request was made to BC Hydro’s Regional Donations Program. From time to time, as vehicles are replaced, BC Hydro contributes surplus vehicles to community organizations, usually two used vehicles to not-for-profit groups each year.
The organizations that receive a vehicle are responsible for all insurance, operating and maintenance costs.
“BC Hydro is pleased to assist the Masset Volunteer fire department with the donation of a used vehicle,” said BC Hydro’s Charmane Edwards. “This donation is an excellent fit with our regional donations program. BC Hydro is happy to know that the used truck will contribute to better accident response times and improve safety within the Masset area.”
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