During their first meeting as a new general committee this week, Bracebridge councillors are set to decide whether to invest nearly $600,000 on a new fire truck tomorrow.
Town staff are recommending that during tomorrow’s meeting, councillors agree to a contract for the supply and delivery of a 2,500 IG fire tanker truck from Metalfab Ltd.
If they decide to go ahead, the bid price of $594,723.75, plus HST, will be included in the draft 2024 to 2033 Long Term Capital Plan and draft 2024 Municipal Budget and Business Plan.
The Fire Master Plan completed in 2021 recommended that as the Department’s 1,500-gallon tankers become due for replacement, they be increased in size to 2,500-gallon tanks mounted on a tandem axle cab and chassis. According to the report, this would enhance the Department’s ability to transport much larger quantities of water to rural areas that are not serviced by hydrants.
The Town currently maintains a fleet of seven heavy response units and the unit scheduled for replacement, Tanker #7, is currently in service at Station Two.
The proposal submitted by Metalfab Ltd. is the low bid and meets or exceeds all specifications established in the RFP, according to the staff report. The vehicle has an expected delivery date of 20 months from the date of award.
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