Rescue One is towed away from the scene of the crash near the Trans-Canada Highway off-ramp to the Meadows in the Sky Parkway on Friday

Highway Rescue looking at buying new truck after Rescue One crash

Revelstoke Highway Rescue looking at buying new truck after old vehicle put out of commission indefinitely in a crash before Christmas.

Revelstoke Highway Rescue is looking at buying a new truck after its old vehicle was put out of commission indefinitely in a crash before Christmas.

“The truck has sustained severe drive train damage,” said Fire Chief Rob Girard. “As an example, right now the transmission on the truck is being held up by a strap. There’s frame twisting. The body is completely out of alignment.

“To repair it is probably equal to the value of what the truck is at this point.”

Girard estimated the damage ranged between $60,000–$80,000 and said the truck was only worth slightly more than that.

“Looking at the damage and what it would be to replace the truck and what the value of it is, we’re most likely looking at replacing it,” he said.

The truck only had comprehensive insurance, which covers damage from things like rocks, hail, or animals, but did not have collision insurance, which covers damage from crashes, said Tim Palmer, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer.

“The preliminary information that I have is that our insurance policy only covers comprehensive damage for vehicles older than 10 years,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The damaged rescue truck was 2000 model year. Collision is not covered.”

He said the lack of insurance was a concern for him and added he will be looking at the insurance policies on the city’s entire fleet of vehicles.

Randy Driediger of RCU Insurance said that some big insurance carriers, such as governments will make blanket decisions to not have collision insurance on vehicles more than 10-years-old.

“The problem in this case is even though it’s over 10 years old, they probably didn’t take into consideration the value of the vehicle,” he said.

Girard said the fire department is looking for a permanent solution, but for now highway rescue calls will happen in a leased truck. He said they would be in contact with Emergency Management BC to discuss financing the purchase of a new truck.

“98 per cent of the time we use it, we’re out on the highway,” he said. “It’s a provincial responsibility.”

Rescue One was damaged after hitting some black ice and skidding off the Trans-Canada Highway on Dec. 20. There were no injuries to the six firefighters on board, but the truck experienced severe damage, said Girard.

While the truck was down, Revelstoke Highway Rescue was restricted to operating in the Revelstoke area. Eagle Valley Rescue, the Golden fire department and Mica Fire Rescue handled highway calls normally serviced by Revelstoke.

Highway rescue resumed service on December 30 after highway rescue volunteers were trained on a leased vehicle.

Girard said five calls came in during the downtime. Four were handled by Eagle Valley and the other by Golden.

“Generally these were accidents where people were able to walk away from the vehicle,” he said. “We were fortunate in that regard.”

 

Just Posted

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for May 22

120 Years Ago: Revelstoke Herald, May 20, 1899 Great improvements had been… Continue reading

Another climate rally scheduled for Friday in Revelstoke

Join students at City Hall to call for climate action

Roads and weather for Revelstoke today

No new fires in the Southeast Fire Centre

Revelstoke Community Calendar for May 22

Downhill Fiver Series May 26, 10 a.m. Get stoked for the 2019… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: rain, clouds, thunderstorms and flash floods

Environment Canada forecasts dreadful weather for Thursday

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Okanagan housing builds hope for 52 homeless individuals

The 52 unit supported housing apartment officially opens in Vernon

Gardens plant hope for Okanagan residents who were once homeless

Turning Points, in collaberation with Briteland, bring square foot gardening to Blair Apartments

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

RCMP set to patrol Okanagan lakes

Vernon-North Okanagan members will be on area waters helping keep boaters safe

Popular Peachland park reopens

Hardy Falls Regional Park has been closed from flood damage since 2017

Summerland students to raise voices in public speech competition

Public speaking component is included in high school English program

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Most Read