Radio replacement ‘couldn’t wait’
North Glengarry’s firefighters will be receiving urgently needed replacements for their radios now that the municipality has signed a five-year lease with an Ottawabased firm.
The total cost of the five-year contract with Turris/Bearcom is $122,554 plus tax, with monthly payments of $2,400 plus tax. The 2019 budget included $30,000 for equipment leasing so there is adequate money for the new devices, staff informed council at its most recent session.
In response to questions by Councillor At Large Jacques Massie, treasurer Kim Champigny explained that there were advantages to leasing rather than buying the radios. One major benefit is that in a field that is constantly changing, the fire department will have access to updated equipment, she said.
The agreement is crucial, stressed CAO Sarah Huskinson. “The radios need to be replaced,” she said, adding the department “couldn’t wait any longer.”
Ms. Champigny observed that the cost is “not unreasonable,” considering that the lease covers a “significant number of radios” and that “communications are key in emergency situations.”
The department, led by a chief and deputy chief, is comprised of stations in Alexandria, Apple Hill and Maxville. Each station has a district chief, deputy district chief and about 20 volunteer firefighters.