During a recent training night several firefighters took the duty truck to reconnoiter various addresses throughout the District. They came away with one consistent observation – some of you in Lantzville are very hard to find.
Now we’re not talking about the driveways on Algier road that are long enough to merit a second postal code, or the fact that Clark Drive, Clark Drive West and Clark Crescent weren’t exactly named with clarity in mind. No, we’re talking about house numbers, and how many houses still don’t have them visible. If your house is on fire rest assured we’re not going to drive by an orange glow without checking it out. But at night, if your alarm has gone off, if there’s no visible flame or if it’s a medical emergency we’ve been called to, precious time can be wasted determining exactly where to go.
It’s critical that you identify your house, especially if it’s not immediately beside another house whose number we can see. Numbers hidden under eaves, blocked by foliage or of insufficient contrast with their background should be relocated or improved. The best numbering available is something reflective that’s mounted prominently at the foot of your driveway. It may not always be the aesthetic choice, but it could make a world of difference in an emergency.
Superior Tanker Shuttle System
STSS – the Superior Tanker Shuttle System – is an acronym you might be hearing more about in the future and one that might save certain homeowners a considerable amount in insurance costs. Large portions of Lantzville have no fire hydrants. For insurers, that means assuming a greater risk, as fires will be harder to extinguish and more property likely lost. As a result, homeowners in un-hydranted areas pay more for house insurance.
STSS is essentially a water transportation system aimed at overcoming the ready absence of water. The recently completed Fire Underwriters Survey, presented to District at the April 22 Council Meeting, suggested that obtaining an STSS accreditation could save homeowners in un-hydranted areas approximately $185,000 annually. Obtaining that accreditation will not be easy. Lantzville Fire Rescue must prove that it can deliver a minimum of 200 gallons per hour for a two-hour period to the farthest point in the District from a hydrant. That’s 24,000 gallons of water that need to be moved by road!
There’s some doubt that meeting this benchmark will even be possible, but with such significant savings at stake your Fire Hall is intent on giving it a go. In the next few weeks LFR will conduct a test of our current shuttling capabilities and report the results to Council. The outcome will determine what changes need to be made to our engine fleet. Tune in next month for an update.