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Fire department unveils three new fire trucks

NEWfiretruck2NEWfiretruck1With the purpose of improving emergency response times, increasing safety measures for firefighters and enhancing overall operations of the fire department, three new trucks – two pumpers and one tanker – have been added to Prince Edward County’s fleet of vehicles.

“On behalf of the fire department, I would like to thank County council for their support by approving the 10-year plan for the replacement of the fire department’s vehicles,” said Fire Chief Scott Manlow. “These new vehicles will serve the community for a number of years to come.”

In 2012, council approved a 10-year capital plan designed to retire and replace the department’s vehicles. A bidding process was held in 2012 and Dependable Emergency Vehicles of Brampton, Ontario was contracted to provide the two pumper trucks and one 1800-gallon tanker. The trucks were delivered in early 2013 for a total cost of $662,550.

The pumpers are located in Ameliasburgh (Rossmore Station) and Bloomfield (Mallory Station), and the tanker is servicing the Hallowell region (Heights Station). Cost, design, warranty, service and delivery were key considerations in selecting the manufacturer.

“Public safety is the County’s top priority,” said mayor Peter Mertens. “We are committed to ensuring our firefighters are equipped with equipment designed to keep our residents safe.”

The new trucks will replace two 27-year old pumpers and one 30-year old tanker. In addition to providing increased safety measures, the new trucks will reduce the fire department’s vehicle maintenance costs, positively impact the County’s insurance underwriter’s rating.

With the 10-year plan currently under way, new trucks will be added on a yearly basis at a cost already accommodated in the annual budget.

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