City Council has approved the purchase of a new pumper truck to replace the 30-year-old machine it now has.
This purchase will cost $460,936.74, including tax. The money will have to be borrowed.
In a report to Council, Fire Chief Rob Girard said the 2016 – 2020 Financial Plan anticipates the replacement of Engine 2 next spring. He also noted this was the lowest of five bids received.
“The borrowing for this apparatus will be through the Municipal Finance Authority by way of a five-year lease at an annual cost of approximately $94,000, including interest, for a total of $470,000. Other financial costs arising from the recommendation are for staff time and are covered in the existing Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service budget as an operational expense. There are no risk possibilities, preventative or protective responses required at this time.”
The current 1986 International Fire Pumper Truck —Engine 2 is now 30 years of age and has surpassed its life expectancy.
To reduce the risk of injury to our firefighters, apparatus in excess of 20 years should be decommissioned and replaced with an apparatus that meets the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901 Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus.