Revelstoke’s Highway Rescue Vehicle (HRV) was seriously damaged during a single-vehicle accident on a patch of black ice near the Parks Canada interchange on the Trans Canada Highway during the early evening of Friday, December 20.
Fire Chief Rob Girard said the HRV was returning from a reported single-vehicle accident (SVA) near the Skunk Cabbage/Giant Cedars Boardwalk Area.
“Upon arrival Rescue Crews were released from the scene as the small blue vehicle had left the incident,” Girard said. “Upon return to Revelstoke, in and around the Parks Canada Interchange approximately two to three kilometres out of the City, Rescue 1 encountered black ice which resulted in a single vehicle incident.”
He said no one was injured “but they certainly were shaken by this incident and we are so glad no one was hurt.”
As for the HRV, Girard said the “apparatus is out of service indefinitely.”
“It sustained severe drive train and frame damage and for now we are only able to provide highway rescue for in City and within the Fire Protection Area for motor vehicle incidents.”
Eagle Valley Rescue, Golden Fire Department and Mica Fire Rescue are helping the Revelstoke highway rescue unit until they are back on their feet. Girard is working with Emergency Management BC to secure a leased Highway Rescue Vehicle in order to resume highway rescue services. He hopes to have one secured on December 24 from Vancouver and in service in the coming days