DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Council approved the purchase of a new pumper truck for the Fire Department at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Aug. 11.
Four bids were recieved by the township for the new piece of fire equipment after opening the bidding process in May.
Eastway Emergency Vehicles was selected as the winning bid, at a cost of $483,212. During municipal budget deliberations, councillors approved funding of $200,000 in 2014, and a further $275,000 in 2015 for the purchase.
Fire Chief Scott Richardson explained to The Standard that the construction process for the new pumper is a two-step process. The chassis must be built first and shipped to the manufacturer, after which the vehicle body is fabricated and assembled by the manufacturer before it can be delivered to the local fire department.
Councillors noted that the fire department expects for the new pumper to be added to its fleet next summer.