NG’s new fire truck

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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