The Oliver (BC, Canada) Fire Department Unveils Self-Built Truck

The result: A 2016, sourced-out Freightliner 108 SD with a modified body and retrofitted 2,000-gallon water tank.

According to a report from Global News, in April 2020, the Oliver (British Columbia, Canada) Fire Department (OFD) was given a mandate by the town to find a used truck to replace a dated unit in its fleet. However, with a budget of just $100,000 and few local options, OFD truck committee members knew they had to put their heads together and get creative.

The result: A 2016, sourced-out Freightliner 108 SD with a modified body and retrofitted 2,000-gallon water tank.

OFD Chief Bob Graham said the new addition is not just the latest truck in the fleet but a machine that provides the department with another “weapon” in their battle with wildland and brush fires.

Graham said that the pump on the truck is independent of the engine, meaning that it can be in service on the road which means we can drive down the road with the pump running, putting out fires as we go.”

Graham also said that, if the OFD had found this exact truck from a manufacturer, it would cost them somewhere between $300,000-$400,000.

The 26,000-pound project took approximately nine months to complete.

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