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Comox Fire Truck

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 6:25 AM

Comox Fire Rescue is unveiling its new aerial ladder fire truck (Tower 35) at a ceremony and open house this afternoon.

The open house, which includes a truck demo and walk-around, goes from 2pm to 4pm, followed by a formal welcoming and special dedication.

The new fire truck will be dedicated to John Marinus, an active community member who volunteered on numerous projects in the Comox Valley. He served for several years on the Rotary and was known as the “the Ducky Guy” for his role in selling Ducky 500 tickets every year. He served on Comox Town Council for 5 consecutive terms as Councillor and 37 years for Comox Fire Rescue.    

The new fire truck, Tower 35, has a reach of 110’ and features a three-person platform bucket on the end of the ladder. The new platform allows victims to be lowered to the ground two or three at a time, which is safer and more efficient for the firefighters. The aerial has an elevated water stream of 1,000 gallons of water per minute. The truck also features a built-in idle system, equipment that operates with rechargeable batteries, and “Crew Protect," a multi-threat air filtration system designed to clean cabin air. 

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