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Tecumseh High-Water Rescue Vehicle Now In Service

Tuesday March 29th, 2022, 8:43pm

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The Town of Tecumseh has a new tool to help deal with the increase in the risk of overland flooding in the town and elsewhere in Essex County.

The high-water rescue vehicle known as Support 2 is the first in the region capable of providing emergency access to significantly flooded areas.

Support 2 can traverse safely through standing water just over 1.2 metres deep. It has seating for 12 evacuees, a lift gate for evacuee access and room for mobility devices. As Tecumseh is a participant in the mutual aid program, Support 2 will also be available to assist neighbouring emergency service agencies.

In addition to high-water rescue, Support 2’s off-road capabilities make it useful for fighting field fires. It will be outfitted with a pump and water tank for this purpose.

“We are grateful to be able to provide an extra level of safety to our residents,” said Fire Chief Wade Bondy. “This vehicle gives our emergency service team even greater rescue capabilities, providing residents an added level of assurance.”

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