The Whitecourt Fire Department will soon be adding a new, much-needed fire truck to their fleet.
At Monday’s Policies and Priorities Meeting, Whitecourt Town Council gave approval for the purchase of a new aerial platform engine, or ladder truck, to be used by the fire department.
The new truck will replace the aging Engine 3 and will feature an aerial ladder that can reach 100 feet vertically and 93 feet horizontally and pump 2000 gallons of water per minute, among other things.
Town Council and the fire department have been exploring options for purchasing a new fire truck since late 2016.
The model decided on for purchase Monday is a different model from what was originally purposed to Council, but after extensive research, Administration and the department felt the new model had more advantages and better suited the Town’s needs than the original proposal.
Council was unanimous in their decision, all citing it as a good investment, as Mayor Maryann Chichak explains it will be used in many situations.
The cost of the truck is roughly $1,900,000. The majority of the funds, $1,273,614 will come from the Fire Department Fleet Replacement Reserve and the rest, $626,386 will come from the Town’s GST Partnership Reserve.
The fire truck takes 16 months to arrive from time of purchase, putting the timeline for arrival in Whitecourt as the summer of 2020.