||Edmonton Fire Rescue 2010
Rescue #722 sitting as a spare inside of Station 5 on November 6, 2010. This
rig has a Spartan Gladiator chassis with SVI body work. 2010 ended up being
a very active year for new equipment.
3 pumps in the first half of the year, followed by 8 more towards the end of
2010 for a total of 11 pumps, as well as 4 tankers, 3 ladders, 3 rescues, 1
Hazmat, 1 technical rescue, 1 fan trailer, and at least 4, maybe 5 Tahoe's
for chief vehicles.
||Strathcona County Transit
#7000 working a route 402 during the morning rush hour on December 30, 2010.
#7000 is a 2007 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 on a 1 year lease with
Strathcona County Transit. This bus previously ran for Community Transit,
who ended up purchasing a fleet of Enviro 500's after the successful test
period with this bus. BC Transit, GO Transit, and OC Transpo operate similar
Also, a Nova Bus LFS Artic was used for a 2 week demo period in December
2010 on commuter routes. It is seen here on a 404 at the Sherwood Park
And finally... Got all the Edmonton
Fire Rescue images up that had been backlogged. In addition to
apparatus, there are new pics of a number of fires, as well as new
section for Fire Stations. Finally, I've added thumbnail image of
apparatus on the active apparatus listing page. In total, 243 images or
so were added. A few notes and thoughts. Some rigs have quite a few
images of them. I did take into consideration if there were too many in
some cases. The interesting thing with fire equipment compared to, say,
a bus is that there is more to them than just being a vehicle on the
road. The types of photos can broadly be grouped as: posed, on the road,
and in action. I also like the yellow rigs, so I have no problem putting
up as many good exteriors shots of, say, 712, as I can get.
This time over 1 year without an
update. We are still here. I've been to many places this year too.
Vancouver to shoot buses during the Olympics, the BBC charter in Dayton,
with a stop in Chicago, and multiple visits to Calgary. There will be
lots coming if I find the time to work on it. One of my focuses remains
emergency response, so, to start off I'm working on more Edmonton Fire
Rescue material. I also need to get up some newer Edmonton stuff, like
our Passport's and other new shuttles.
For now, I've added Edmonton Fire Rescue: 231, 232 X2, F247, 274 X3, 427
X4, 430 X4, 437, 439 X2, 440, 442, 450 X3, 709 X3, 711 X3, 721 X4, 722,
820 X5 and 823 X3 for a total of 42 photos.
This year has proved interesting on the Edmonton Fire scene.
4 new Smeal pumps, and 2 Smeal tankers arrived earlier this year. During
the summer 2 new SVI rescues showed up, with 721 replacing 715 at
station 1. We suspect 1 more rescue is coming this might well kill off
all older rescues, leaving just SVI rescues for all stations and as
spares. 3 new ladders are in. 2 are assigned that we know of. 627 went
to station 7, freeing up 620 which went to 5 for at least a few weeks. 5
is back to running an aerial and ATP as I type this. I believe 628 was
reported as being at 12. There is a new technical rescue being built by
SVI which will be 824, and a new Haz Mat being built by SVI as well that
will be 825. Images can be found on the SVI website. Finally, more new
pumps are arriving. By 2011 there are not going to be many yellow rigs
Martin Parson October 27, 2010
Nearly 1 year without an
update. We are still here, I've just been busy with other things, and, I
have had issues with my uploading speed with my internet connection. As
well, after a hard drive crash it took me awhile to get FrontPage
installed again, but, thanks to... someone... that has been rectified.
I actually uploaded a number of unannounced updates earlier this year,
all in the Emergency Response sections.
I also have a number of other updates in various stages of completion
which will hopefully be uploaded in the next few days.
For now, I am pleased to announce the start-up of a taxi cab section...
of all things! Some of us got bored over the summer and decided to track
taxi cabs. So, why put up photos of taxis? Taxis are considered a form
of public transit. They are a fixture on city streets, an ever evolving
one at that. I am posting them to document a part of public transit that
seems to often receive little attention.
Watch for more stuff in the coming days,
weeks and months!
- Martin Parsons
September 26, 2009