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RDKB receives high-powered LED flashlights

Lighting the way – Regional Fire Chief Dan Derby and Senior Vice President of Retriev Technologies Kathy Bruce show off a few of the 25 safety-rated firefighter flashlights Retriev Technologies donated to the RDKB’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Service this week. — Submitted photo

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) has received $6,591 worth of high-powered LED flashlights from Retriev Technologies in Trail to assist firefighters on the job.

The 25 specialized Streamlight Survivor rechargeable flashlights were delivered this week complete with chargers and will be installed in firetrucks in Rossland, Warfield, Genelle, Montrose and Fruitvale. Trail firefighters have already been using the flashlights as part of a pilot program and will now adopt the technology permanently.

“Firefighter safety trumps all else in our work and having extremely bright, reliable flashlights for us to see through dark, smoky air is second only in importance to our personal protective equipment,” said Dan Derby, KBRFR Regional Fire Chief.

“Retriev has shown generosity and foresight in donating a great tool like this to our crews. These are by far the best flashlights we’ve had and because they’re rechargeable, we can dramatically reduce our use of disposable batteries and save thousands of dollars in our service budget.”

“Our donation to local firefighters and to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is a really great fit with Retriev Technology’s core business,” said Kathy Bruce, Senior Vice President of Retriev Technologies.

"We focus on battery recycling and reuse and we support environmental best practices as well as the health and safety of our clients and the communities we work in. We all benefit from the dedication and skills of these firefighters and anything we can do to make their jobs safer, we’re going to do."

The flashlights will last from four to 13 hours depending upon brightness settings and they have a low-profile bezel that doesn’t interfere with firefighter gear and equipment. The high-intensity beam is powerful enough to pierce through smoke and the flashlights are specially designed for firefighters to use in high hazard locations.

“On behalf of the East End Services Committee, I would like to thank Retriev Technologies for their generosity and support of our regional fire service. Knowing that our firefighters have the best equipment possible to light their way is very reassuring. As a fire service and a regional district we also want to be as economically and environmentally sustainable as possible, so using rechargeable batteries is a great improvement,” said Linda Worley, Chair of the East End Services Committee.