Canadian Forces Base Trenton has a brand new machine on site, and it will never leave the ground.
On Wednesday morning, MP Neil Ellis, CFB fire officials and other dignitaries were on hand to officially show off the brand new aerial fire truck (Aerial Fire Fighting Vehicle). It is one of nine that is being rolled out nationwide before April 2018.
The federal government spent nearly $19 million on the vehicles, which feature a 115 foot, 360 degree ladder. The truck can pump more than 2,000 gallons of water a minute.
With the recent infrastructure upgrades at 8 Wing, there were some portions of buildings that were not accessible for fighting fires. The new truck can reach even the top of the brand new Hangar, along Old Highway 2.
It will also be used by the 59 firefighters on base, for rescues when needed.
MP Neil Ellis says the new truck is about safety.
Ellis says it is a critical tool for our service men and women.
Canadian Forces Fire Marshal Lieutenant-Colonel Lee Goodman says this truck keeps within their policy of strong, secure and engaged.
More with Goodman.
More photos are available below.