Summerside fire truck replacement costs higher than expected

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The cost to replace two existing fire engines part of the Summerside Fire Department’s fleet will cost the city more than $930,000. 

SUMMERSIDE - It’s a purchase that will cost the city almost $40,000 more than expected.

To replace two 25-year-old fire trucks for the Summerside Fire Department, the price tag is $937,000, which is more than the estimated $900,000 fire Chief Jim Peters said it would cost to replace Engine 1 and Engine 2.

A request for proposals went out earlier this fall, with five bids received.

All came in above $900,000, the lowest being Fort Garry Fire Truck Ltd. at $937,000, taxes in.

Committee of council recommended that the contract be awarded to the Winnipeg based company.

“We went back to the low bidder and some of the things they hadn’t included we already had on our existing trucks, so we asked those things to be added on,” said Peters. “They did and they were still the low bidder in the end.”

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In four categories — price, warranty, local services responsiveness and background and expertise/qualifications, Fort Garry Fire Truck Ltd. ranked highest overall.

A total of $200,000 towards the expenditure was earmarked in the 2015 budget.

The city is covering the cost of the trucks.

The existing two fire engines in service are past their prime, with current certification expiring at 25 years.

Peters said there has been interest expressed to purchase the two engines, which, once the new trucks arrive, will be put out of service.

The hope is that the trucks will be delivered sometime in the fall of 2016.

“The two fire schools are interested in purchasing them, the one out here (at Slemon Park) and the P.E.I. Fire School,” the chief told committee of council.

He added the vehicles can be sold to another fire department but “the fire department wouldn’t get any insurance accreditation for them,” and would likely only be able to use the vehicles as back-up pumpers.

Council will vote on the expenditure at its Dec. 21 meeting.

Organizations: Fort Garry Fire Truck, Summerside Fire Department, P.E.I. Fire School

Geographic location: Summerside, Slemon Park

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  • Summerside Resident
    December 08, 2015 - 08:01

    No problem here, this is required to keep our Fire Services up to standard and for the protection of the comminity. I would rather money spent here rather than paying lawyers wasteing taxpayers money. Less trips for the soon to be gone Mayor, who has been a big disappointment to say the least. Best one yet, hiring a firm to tell us how to for our Finances. We got a lawyer on staff, a CAO, Financial Director, Communications Officer. This new Council had better look at the top management positions, cut some and give the frontline workers the help they require. Sad state of management