The Redvers Volunteer Fire Department has a new and fancy tool at their disposal for the next time they have to respond to an emergency.
A new fire truck, donated by Carmen Loraas, the owner of Loraas disposal, will bring the next level of functionality to the team under Fire Chief Brad Hutton, who was ecstatic at the acquisition.
"It's got everything contained in it for the task at hand. The biggest thing is, all the rescue tools are there. Before, we used to have to take a couple trucks just to have water on hand and tools on hand to perform a task, whereas now we can basically take five guys, we've got airpacks built into it, and we can get started with the one unit," he explained at the open house held for local residents on Friday to view the truck.
"As far as for all the fire guys, it's huge for us because it's just another step to help keep the volunteers coming out. We're fortunate that we've got some nice equipment, and with the addition of this truck, it keeps the interest in the town for people to volunteer and help out in the Department."
"I was very surprised," he said of the moment he found out about the donation, "We'd heard of some towns getting one and you kinda feel that it'd sure be nice to get, but when it actually happened it was kind of a shock, like, did this really just happen? That was awesome news to get that day."
It was something that Carmen Loraas has done for a few communities across the prairies, a personal donation from the man himself, not related to the company.
"Calgary was redoing their whole fleet up there, so these trucks became available and he went up and purchased some of them and brought them back, then picked our communities, exactly who can use it," explained Brian Waynert, the Loraas Disposal sales representative for the area who was on hand at the public unveiling to represent Mr. Loraas.
"I'm not sure if there's a better way you can support the community than something like this, that can ultimately save lives."