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Airport department partners with Darch to showcase trucks

Oct. 16, 2012, Toronto – Darch Fire Inc. and the Toronto Pearson Airport Fire Department jointly held an apparatus showcase on Oct. 12.

October 16, 2012
By Olivia D'Orazio

Oct. 16, 2012, Toronto – Darch Fire Inc. and the Toronto Pearson Airport Fire Department jointly held an apparatus showcase on Oct. 12.

The showcase, which featured three state-of-the-art firefighting trucks that the Pearson Airport department recently received from Darch’s Ontario office, was held at the Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI), where the department trains. Featured in the showcase was the department’s new 75-foot aluminum aerial ladder truck, its custom pumper rescue truck, and its walk-in rescue truck. More than 50 fire-service personnel from 10 fire departments attended the event.

The three trucks at the event were built on a Pierce Velocity chassis, and are powered by 500-horsepower Detroit engines and Allison 4000 EVS automatic transmissions. Each truck also features TAK 4 independent suspensions, side and frontal airbag-safety systems, strapless SCBA holders in seat backs, Pierce PUC pumps and aluminum bent and formed bodies.

Pearson Fire Chief Mike Figliola took delivery of the trucks, which arrived fully equipped with Holmatro Rescue tools systems, SCBA air packs, key fire hoses, Will-Burt light towers, Command light towers and TFT nozzles.

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The service department at Darch Fire – which has four full-time mobile EVT-licensed mechanics – will handle all service and warranty programs.

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John Darch (left) presents Deputy Fire Chief Dwayne MacIntosh (second from left) and Fire Chief Mike Figliola (second from right) with photos of the department's new trucks, with Dave McAlice, Pierce's regional vice president.

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Pearson Airport's new 2012 walk-in heavy rescue truck.

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Pearson Airport's new 2012 Pierce 75-foot aerial ladder truck.

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Pearson Airport's new 2012 Pierce rescue-pumper truck.