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New Tanker for Chester Volunteer Fire Dept.

Renewal is vital for fire and emergency services to maintain the service that residents and businesses come to rely upon. After 27 years of dedicated service, 551, the “Tanker”, is being replaced with a Canadian-made apparatus that will meet current and future needs of the community.

Built by Battleshield Industries Limited in Vars, Ontario, just outside Ottawa, the new 551, carries 2500 imperial gallons, 500 gallons more than its predecessor. It has increased pumping capacity, and is superior mechanically. In replacing the current tanker, we are achieving recognized industry standards by replacing fire apparatus in 20 years, which benefits all of us.

This acquisition is the first procurement under the new 20-year fire service contract between the Village of Chester and the Municipality of the District of Chester, demonstrating that cooperation and partnership delivers success. We are stronger working together. The purchase was made using existing funds.

Thank you to the Chester Volunteer Fire Department for its efforts and work in identifying the requirements of a new tanker, and finding this specific asset.

And thank you to the people of our community in the area served by the CVFD for their continued support of fire and emergency services and patience, as the matter of replacing the tanker has been pursued over the last number of years.