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Fire service tendering for new pumper truck

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The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service could be getting a new fire truck.

Town council will vote tonight to allow the fire department to advertise a request for tender for a triple combination pumper fire truck.

This vehicle has a pump and water tank, and can carry lengths of fire hose.

“To maximize firefighter capabilities and minimize risk of injuries, it is important that fire apparatus be equipped with the latest safety features and operating capabilities,” Fire Chief/CEMC Tyler Moffitt noted in a report submitted to council.

As per National Fire Protection Association standards, the fire service's first-line duty pumper rescue truck needs to be between 0-15 years old; the second-line duty pumper truck needs to be between 16-20 years old; and the reserve duty pumper rescue truck needs to be under 25 years old.

The force's 1995 reserve pumper rescue truck is 23 years old while its 2008 first-line pumper rescue truck is a decade old.

“Our fire apparatus is aging,” Chief Moffitt wrote.

“Moving forward, we need to maintain the age gap between our pumper rescue trucks,” he noted.

Chief Moffitt added once a tender is approved for the replacement of the 1995 pumper rescue truck, it actually won't be delivered until 2020, which means that reserve truck will be 25 years old by then.

Tonight's council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

There are three in-camera items on the agenda, including a personnel matter, a property matter update, and a recommendation re: the 31st-annual “Citizen of the Year.”

The committee of the whole meeting also will be preceded by an in-camera special committee of the whole meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. regarding Agency One matters.

Other business on tonight's agenda includes:

  • a verbal update on capital projects;
  • updates to the town's winter maintenance and media communications policies;
  • reports re: the 2019 budget timetables and user fees;
  • a bylaw to establish a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT);
  • a bylaw to approve a contract with Toromont CAT for the purchase of a heavy-duty, tandem-drive articulated grader awarded through the tender process; and
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with Ed Kaun & Sons Ltd. awarded through a tender process (this is for renovations and a building addition at the Fort Frances Cemetery).
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