The Town of Gravenhurst and the Gravenhurst Fire Department accepted delivery of a new small format firetruck this week alongside representatives of Farm Credit Canada, who contributed $25,000 towards the purchase of the truck and its equipment through a grant from their Agri-Spirit Fund, according to a release from the department on May 2.
The Gravenhurst Fire Truck project was one of 19 Ontario community projects supported by the Agri-Sprit fund in 2018. Greg Brett, a spokesperson for Farm Credit Canada, said that investing in and supporting smaller communities throughout Canada is simply good business and that the company is delighted to do so. Gravenhurst firefighters are currently undergoing training with the new truck and it is expected to be in service this weekend. The truck, which cost $324,000, will be assigned to Station 1 in Gravenhurst.
“This truck was intentionally designed to be smaller than normal to facilitate access down some of our smaller cottage roads,” said Fire Chief Larry Brassard. “The truck is capable of carrying 1,500 gallons of water and is equipped with a proper truck mounted fire pump, plus a portable water pump, a portable water tank and a variety of equipment which the Farm Credit Canada Grant helped us purchase.”
Mayor Paul Kelly was also present at the delivery and expressed his appreciation for the support.
“Gravenhurst is a rural community, and so this truck will play an important part in helping to keep our community safe from the effects of fire,” Kelly said. “Thank-you Farm Credit Canada for helping us in this regard.”