Instructor Craig Gerrard

At long last firefighters receive new boat and trailer

Thanks to anonymous donors and fundraising, the Lake Cowichan Fire Department has purchased a rescue boat earlier than expected

Lake Cowichan Fire Department (LCFD)has acquired a new rescue boat, something the firefighters have described as a necessity.

The fire department has been fundraising for over a year and a half and has just had the new boat delivered, equipped with a trailer and all.

“It’s a huge thing; we’ve gone a long time without one,” said fire chief Doug Knott. “We never expected it to come this fast.”

Knott’s relief comes after a heartfelt cash injection from anonymous sources, but the fire chief admits “has a fair idea of who it’s from.”

LCFD recently received two cash donations of $5,000 and $25,000 that, combined with the funds raised already, allowed the crew to go ahead and purchase the new boat.

Knott believes the boat is a must-have in this day and age.

“We started our donation plan last June but we never expected the funding to arrive this fast,” he said. “We’ve had several incidents dating back to the spring of 2012 where we got serious calls about incidents that included drowning. It took us to the edge of our training and ability.”

Seemingly, the new boat and everything that goes with it will take a huge weight off firefighters’ shoulders come water-related incidents.

“The boat is fully equipped for firefighting and rescue,” said Knott, who confirmed the vessel is indeed “brand new.”

Prior to the new boat’s arrival, amidst the fundraising process, Knott and company were appealing for a separate donation of a trailer to coincide with the boat once it arrived.

“That was just being used as a way of something being donated, but the new boat has a brand new trailer with it as well.”

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Celebrate Christmas with the Royal City Youth Ballet’s beloved version of ‘The Nutcracker’

It’s been 30 years for this company and many families consider attendace a holiday tradition

Another year added to Duncan’s overdose prevention site

Island Health signs one-year lease with Canadian Mental Health Association

Christmas comes alive in Crofton

Parade entries light up the night and rain holds off

Banned song a classic, say most Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Opinions were strong after we posted to our Facebook page the story… Continue reading

Duncan’s Silver Bridge painting project on schedule

Last week it was announced the Koksilah River Bridge work’s completion date… Continue reading

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Coming up in Cowichan: From a kitchen party to a live nativity play

Stroke Recovery branch hosting an Open House Nova Scotia Kitchen Party The… Continue reading

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Most Read