New pumper truck
South Glengarry council approved the half-a-million-dollar-plus purchase of a new fire pumper truck for the township's fire service at the regular meeting of October 1.
Dependable, of Brampton, Ont. submitted the winning and lowest of three tenders received by the township by the September 25 deadline for submissions. A custom manufacturer of emergency vehicles as well as trucks and cargo and trailer tanks, Dependable submitted a bid of $462,682 plus HST, while the other contenders – MetalFab Industries and Battleshield Industries – came in at $537,425.34 plus HST and $564,357 plus HST, respectively.
At the beginning of the year, the township's 2018 fire budget contained $825,000 for the replacement of vehicles.
Following the purchase of a fire pumper/tanker truck this past February, $415,000 remains in the budget for the purchase of the new pumper vehicle. The remaining $55,825.20 (including HST) will be reallocated from an existing fire reserve.
The new truck will replace the existing pumper vehicle at the Glen Walter station, which is currently 21 years old and has undergone significant transmission, water pump and water tank repairs in the last 5 years, according to a staff report submitted by township fire chief Dave Robertson. It was also out of service for a combined eight weeks over the past half decade.