Old pumper retained as backup
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
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.”