Coun. Michael Diachuk. File Photo
City council has approved the purchase of a 2018 Pumper replacement for $472,036.
That amount includes a 10 per cent down payment of $47,203.60 to be expensed this year.
The Lloydminster Fire Department has been looking to replace their current truck, which is 24 years old, its lifespan is 25 years, making it a necessity at this point.
“Having equipment that you can count on is critical,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
“At the end of the day there is a lifespan to everything, and for fire trucks, in this case, it’s 25 years. So, it’s something we plan and budget for.”
The new pumper will be built and designed to be a more dynamic fire truck and will serve the city for the next 25 years.
Features of the new truck include off-road capabilities, use of fire pump when stationary and moving, ability to fight fast-moving grass fires and onboard firefighting foam.
“The option it will provide us is to be able to move to where the fire is, whereas the current model is limited, so it has to have access to a fire hydrant,” said Coun. Michael Diachuk.
A grass fire inside Bud Miller All Seasons Park was brought up as an example of how this new truck could be extremely beneficial.
“This year in particular, until a few days ago, was very dry, so the potential always exists. If there was a fire to start in there, I think any of the homes around that periphery around the park are in jeopardy, and we really want to be able to protect them,” he said.
The 10 per cent down payment was approved in the 2018 budget, and the balance of the project will be paid on delivery of the fire truck, which is expected to be in 2019.