Victor Knight, owner of V&P Services, started his career in the construction industry in 1989, working as a laborer while taking classes at College of the Redwoods in mechanics. He worked for Jackson Trucking and others before starting with Mercer Fraser in 1998-which is when he also enrolled in the Operating Engineers Local 3 Union.
From 1998-2009, Knight worked at various union jobs, including superfund (toxic) clean-up sites and received hazmat, mining and safety training. In 2010, he purchased a water truck that met Cal Fire and USDA Forest Service requirements and started delivering water and providing dust control for various clients.
In 2010, he was hired by Cal Fire to provide water tender services (transporting water to a fire site) and demand has continued every fire season since. Knight also continues to provide other water services in the off-season, including dust control, hydro-seeding and more.
V & P Services have filled a niche by having the only truck in the area equipped with a "striker" on top, which supports aerial water drops and can provide A and B foam deployment in a hazardous materials situation. The truck is also equipped with an additional "pony" engine that allows water to be dispensed without having to leave the truck engine running.
V & P recently became an AEDC client and loan proceeds will be used for working capital. They will initiate drug and alcohol screening for 2014 seasonal drivers, maintain fuel reserves and cover increased insurance costs as a result of additional drivers. Funds will also help cover cost of annual inspections, certifications and licensing and additional equipment needed for the upcoming fire season.