The Pipestone Flyer
Fire Chief David Brooks presented to Calmar’s Town Council on Tuesday, April 22nd a recommendation to pass a resolution to accept the proposal from Rocky Mountain Phoenix to supply the town with a new fire truck and equipment at a cost of $320, 845.00.
The Fire Department received three proposals. One from First Truck Centre for $252, 845.00 for the truck plus tax, a second proposal from Wholesale Fire Rescue was for $308,800, and Rocky Mountain Phoenix’s proposal.
The Fire Department Officers reviewed each proposal and the Rocky Mountain Phoenix proposal meet all the items requested and came in as the least expensive unit. The Department also reviewed the current fire equipment and realized that much of it was in a dated condition or soon would be and needed replacement. The cost of replacement is estimated to cost $75,000.00. By replacing the equipment now through the approved debenture it would permit the current 2014-operating budget to be spent towards regular equipment that the Department needs or replacement of smaller items.
Rocky Mountain Phoenix supplies emergency apparatus, emergency equipment and service from British Columbia, through Alberta to the Manitoba/Ontario Border, Nova Scotia, PEI and all of Canada's Arctic. The company has provided fire equipment to a number of surrounding communities including Camrose, Ponoka, and Lacombe County.
A debenture for $375,000.00 had been approved which includes the cost for an additional $25,000.00 that will go towards needed Rescue Tools.
The current fire engine is over twelve years old and nearing the end of it’s life cycle. The Department is expecting delivery of the new engine in approximately 11 months and will then decide the future of the retired engine.
The Calmar Town Council approved the Fire Department’s recommendation at their Tuesday, April 22nd council meeting.