Timmins Fire Department will soon have a new rescue/pumper truck in its fleet of vehicles.
“This truck will replace an aging 1990s unit,” said Gord Deacon, the city’s manager of purchasing and fleet, when he presented a report during the Sept. 8 city council meeting.
“Extrication equipment and the like will be placed on this unit, making it a much more versatile unit than the current unit, as the current unit is not equipped with a pump, or water.
“The configuration of the current truck requires a second unit and crew to attend extrication and rescue calls. So, this will actually be a much more versatile unit. It will have water, a pump and all the tools, cribbing, blocking, etc. required on extrication calls.”
As per per National Fire Protection Association 1901 regulations, it will be outfitted with ground ladders, intake and discharge valving, foam system, scene lighting, winch and emergency lighting package..
Council approved the purchase of the truck from Woodstock-based Resqtech Systems Inc. at a cost of $401,000, plus HST.
That is only slightly above the estimate of $400,000 that had been contained in the city’s 2020 capital budget. It had been identified as a priority in the 2020 Timmins Fire Department budget.
“It was the lowest compliant tender,” Deacon said.
Resqtech’s successful bid was one of five received by the city, with the others coming from Abbotsford, B.C.,-based Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. ($404,037, plus HST), Abbotsford, B.C.,-based Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. ($483,440, plus HST), Brampton-based Dependable Emergency Vehicles/HME ($426,070, plus HST) and Ayr-based Darch Fire Inc. ($429,825.38, plus HST).
Noting the unit being replaced would be put up for sale, Ward 4 Coun. John Curley asked if it could not be used at one of the department’s other fire halls.
Deacon replied, “Probably not. Again, this is a 1990s vintage, so it is 30, 31 years old … The only thing this truck can do, councillor, is just be a great big storage unit. Again, it has no water, it has no pump. It is just kind of a rehab unit.
“Originally, when it was purchased, it was just to be a command unit, but it has served its time. It has something in excess of 200,000 kilometres on it.”
In response to a question from Mayor George Pirie, Deacon pointed out the new truck will operate out of the department’s main fire hall, on Cedar Street South.
It is expected delivery of the new rescue/pumper truck will occur within 180 days of the awarding of the contract.
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