Champlain Township received delivery of a new rescue van for the Vankleek Hill fire department this week.

The new van is larger (five tons) compared to the outgoing van, which was a two-ton vehicle.

Volunteer firefighters will have to have a DZ licence to drive this vehicle, noted Vankleek Hill Volunteer Fire Chief Michel Martin. (Those with Ontario Class DZ licence are licenced to drive vehicles such as straight truck, dump truck, cement truck, garbage truck and rescue & fire trucks – with airbrakes.

Vankleek Hill Volunteer Fire Chief Michel Martin said that the new rescue van was needed to replace the existing one for a few reasons. Vehicle breakdowns were one of the reasons but an additional reason is that the new rescue van had to be able to carry more weight than the existing vehicle.

Champlain Township purchased the vehicle from Lafleur Industries for $267,118.75 plus HST.

As per the 2020 budget, the rescue van will be financed 100% by the fire reserve.


The official arrival of the new rescue van was celebrated at the Bruce Barton Fire Hall on Thursday, July 9. From left to right are: Champlain Township councillors Violaine Tittle (L’Orignal ward) and Jacques Lacelle (L’Orignal ward), Vankleek Hill Fire Chief Michel Martin, Vankleek Hill Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Carkner, Champlain Township Mayor Normand Riopel, Champlain Township councillors Michel Lalonde (Longueuil ward), Sarah Bigelow (West Hawkesbury ward) and Peter Barton (Vankleek Hill ward). West Hawkesbury ward councillor Gerry Miner, L’Orignal ward councillor André Roy and Vankleek Hill ward councillor Troy Carkner were absent from the photo.