Old pumper re­tained as backup

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Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil opted to re­tain a two-decades-old fire ser­vices truck as a backup ve­hi­cle.

In a staff re­port for the Jan­uary 21 reg­u­lar meet­ing, town­ship fire chief Dave Robert­son had rec­om­mended that coun­cil de­clare the 1997 GMC Top­kick Pumper truck – which was re­moved from ser­vice and re­placed by a 2018 model late last year – sur­plus, paving the way for it to be sold.

How­ever, coun­cil voted to de­fer the staff re- port, in­stead ask­ing him to come up with dif­fer­ent op­tions that would al­low the truck to be kept as a “stand-by ve­hi­cle,” ac­cord­ing to the chief.

“I pro­posed sort of five dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios to that backup, ev­ery­thing from moth­balling it and leav­ing it out­side, to keep­ing it in ac­tive but re­stricted, and very lim­ited, ca­pac­ity,” Chief Robert­son ex­plained dur­ing fol­low-up dis­cus­sions at the most re­cent reg­u­lar meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 19.

“What I’m propos­ing...is keep­ing it in a re­stricted, but fairly ac­tive state of readi­ness. I think that would be our best op­tion...com­pared to the ben­e­fits of re­tain­ing un­avail­able parts and the op­er­a­tional dif­fi­cul­ties ex­pe­ri­enced when we have ve­hi­cles taken out of ser­vice for var­i­ous rea­sons and lengths of time.”

Chief Robert­son added that the pumper truck’s mod­est re­sale value – es­ti­mated at be­tween $7,000 and $25,000 – was also a fac­tor.

Deputy-mayor Lyle War­den called the chief’s rec­om­men­da­tion to keep the ve­hi­cle as a spare part of the fleet “the best so­lu­tion,” while Mayor Frank Prevost con­curred, say­ing it was “a great sug­ges­tion.”

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