Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department maintains a fleet of emergency response vehicles to the highest standards.
Vehicles based at Fire Hall Number 1
Gabriola Number 1
Gabriola Number 1 is a water tender, which means that it can be used to deliver truckloads of water from the hydrant to a fire scene. Gabriola 1 has 1000 gallons on board. This truck has a 1050 gallon per minute pump, and also serves as a backup pumper.
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Gabriola Number 2
Gabriola Number 2 is a water tender. It has 3,000 gallons on board, and a portable pump. This truck also carries two of our portatanks, and a kit for dealing with small fuel spills.
(What’s a portatank? See a portatank in action on our blog.)
Gabriola Number 4
Gabriola Number 4 is a bush truck, which is just what we’d want to start with if there is a small fire in a woodland area like the 707. It has 300 gallons of water on board, and is equipped with a pump and compressed air foam (CAF).
In extreme summer weather, you may see the duty officer driving this vehicle instead of Gabriola 7.
In winter, you’ll see this truck with a snow plow mounted on the front. We use it to keep the fire hall property free of snow so that our trucks can get out quickly. We also use it to clear the streets where firefighters live, so that they can be sure to get to the hall quickly if there’s an emergency.
Gabriola Number 5
Gabriola Number 5 is our front line pumper truck. That means that this truck pumps water through hoselines for firefighters to use.
Gabriola 5 has 2000 gallons of water on board, and 1050 gallon per minute pump with compressed air foam (CAF) capablity. It carries 1200 feet of supply hose, 400 feet of attack line.
This truck carries self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs), a thermal imaging camera (TIC), ladders, and a variety of firefighting and auto-extrication tools.
Gabriola Number 6
Gabriola Number 6 is our new incident command vehicle. It’s the vehicle that is usually driven by the Fire Chief or Duty Officer, and is usually first on scene when there is a fire or medical call. Gabriola Number 6 carries medical equipment and a thermal imaging camera.
Gabriola Number 11
Gabriola Number 11 is a water tender. It has 1500 gallons on board, and a 400 gallon per minute pump.
Gabriola 11 is usually the first large fire truck that a new firefighter will learn to drive. Although a firefighter does need to hold an air brakes endorsement in order to drive Gabriola 11, a class 3 licence isn’t required in order to drive this truck.
Gabriola Number 12
Gabriola Number 12 is a medical response vehicle; it is used by first responders on medical calls. Gabriola 12 carries a variety of medical and first aid equipment, including oxygen and an automated external defibrulator (AED).
Gabriola 12 is also used for transporting firefighters to a variety of emergency calls. In addition to the medical equipment mentioned above, it carries SCBA units, extra air bottles, and rope rescue equipment.
Vehicles based at Hall Number 2
Gabriola Number 3
Gabriola Number 3 is the south end’s front line pumper truck. It has 1800 gallons on board, and a 1250 gallon per minute compressed air foam (CAF) equipped pump. It carries self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs), a thermal imaging camera (TIC), ladders, and a variety of firefighting and auto-extrication tools.
Gabriola Number 7
Gabriola Number 7 is our south end medical response vehicle. It carries oxygen, an automated external defibrulator (AED), and a variety of medical supplies. It’s used by first responders on medical calls.
Gabriola Number 8
Gabriola Number 8 is a water tender. It has 3,000 gallons on board, and a portable pump.