The Town of Bracebridge is adding multiple new vehicles to its fleet.
During the latest general committee meeting, council agreed to award a contract for a tandem axle truck and a single axle truck with winter control equipment. They also agreed to put out an RFP for a new fire tanker truck.
The new fire tanker is expected to come in at roughly $525,000, while the two winter control trucks will cost a combined $698,192. Some of the cost is expected to be recouped through the sale of the old vehicles.
The tender for the snowplow trucks was awarded to Currie Truck Centre, which maintains a service facility in Bracebridge. They indicated a delivery date of June 2023.
The Town currently maintains a fleet of 11 heavy-duty plow trucks.
The tanker truck is one of the Fire Department’s fleet of tanker trucks designed to transport water to fire scenes in rural areas that are not serviced by fire hydrants. This truck is also used to support operations at wildland fires and motor vehicle collisions.
The Town currently maintains a fleet of seven heavy response units.
The RFP for the tanker was issued ahead of the scheduled approval of the 2023 Municipal Budget and Business Plan, due to anticipated ordering, production restrictions and supply chain issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAO Stephen Rettie told councillors that they can expect to see RFPs increasingly being issued well ahead of the original target date due to the backlog caused by the pandemic.
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