NG’s new fire truck
Alexandria’s fire station will soon receive a new pumper/tanker truck, thanks to a decision made by North Glengarry council on Monday evening.
Acting on a report from Fire Chief Patrick Gauthier and CAO Daniel Gagnon, council agreed to spend $400,000 on the new truck from the Vars-based Battleshield Industries Ltd. Mr. Gagnon says the truck is necessary because the Alexandria station’s current truck is “an old pumper that needs to come off the road as soon as possible.”
Council had already budgeted the money for the truck. The bid from Battleshield – the only one to respond to the township’s request for proposals – came in at $396,997 plus HST.
“The Fire Department will tender the sale of the backup Pumper and the Tanker currently in service in Alexandria,” said the report. “This should offset the cost of the new Pumper/Tanker by at least $20,000.”
Although the money will pay for the truck, the report further noted that there will be some extra costs involved to purchase equipment for it.
The fire department may make use of operating funds already available in the budget. It could also access $18,000 in funds from the sale of an old pumper truck in Maxville.