New Richmond fire apparatus can rescue hikers from hillsides, or workers trapped in trenches

New Richmond fire rescue engine can rescue hikers from hillsides, washers from sides of buildings and trapped longshoreman

A custom-made Richmond Fire Department truck that can assist in rescues of hikers stuck on hillsides, window washers, workers trapped in trenches and other high or low angle saves was installed July 31, according to the city.

The custom-made truck called operating out of Fire Station 67 at 1131 Cutting Blvd., is also useful to remove trapped motorists from damaged vehicles and also remove a utility splicer from a small contained space with very little oxygen, City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter boasted.

The vehicle was designed by the Richmond Fire Department’s Apparatus Committee, including the city’s sop staff, and custom built by Emergency Vehicles Incorporated (EVI) in Lake Park, Florida.

“The combination of the Richmond Fire Department’s comprehensive instruction, a new apparatus equipped with exceptional tools, and the copious hours of training in various rescue system disciplines affords the Richmond community with expert response in the event of a rescue emergency,” Lindsay’s newsletter stated.