March 31st, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 13
Council makes first step to purchase custom made Ladder Truck
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council from left tor right: Councillors Marlene Anctil, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Mayor Blair Painter, Councillors Lisa Sygutek, Gordon Lundy and Dean Ward.
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
As part of the 2021 Capital budget, Council approved the purchase of a ladder Truck for the Fire Department to be funded by debt in the amount of $1,500,000.

Creation of a borrowing bylaw is a requirement of the Municipal Government Act, it must be advertised, and final approval of the bylaw needs to occur before final purchase.

Councillor Sygutek made a motion to pass first reading of the Bylaw during their Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd.

That motion was carried.

Fire Chief, Jesse Fox, says this truck will be a huge asset for the community when it arrives.

“I think the first thing to consider is that this is truly a community truck. One of the reasons we wanted to have this truck is we're starting to see some bigger buildings and growth. Some of these structures would give us some considerable challenges with our current inventory of apparatus'. We have a new seniors lodge that's coming online that is quite a large structure in elevation and in footprint. This is going to give us additional operational response abilities for some of those larger structures.”
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Fox adds that this unit will provide many different uses for the department.

“This truck is really multifunctional. It's not simply for the aerial capabilities. It can also be used as a front line engine for structural firefighting, it can be involved with some motor vehicle incidents as well. On the actual operational benefits to it, we can use it to get a master water supply stream. Being able to provide fire protection from a high rescue. It can even provide rescues from rivers. It's a very multidimensional vehicle.”

According to Fox, this truck will end up replacing a current unit.

“The truck is going to fall in with our capital plan. It is most likely that this will be replacing an existing apparatus that we have. It's not really an expansion of our rolling assets it's just more efficient use of the space we have.”

Once the bylaw is passed with third reading, the purchase will be able to be completed and the build on the truck will begin.

Fox says it will be a while before the truck is completed and ready for use.

“They're never short and quick builds. It's estimated that it will be a 12-18 month build time. The build and details that go into planning this build are very involved. We've already got a considerable amount of that work done. We definitely are part of the build every step of the way making sure it's exactly what we are looking for.”
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Fox adds this build will be specific to the needs of the Crowsnest Pass.

“We have the ultimate say in what the truck will have. We get it built specifically to what we want it's function to do here in the Crowsnest Pass. It's a different process than just going to Lethbridge and purchasing a truck at a dealership. We want to make sure that the vehicle is right for us and fits within our budget and our operational needs. We build almost every piece of it.”

Fox says the department is excited for the arrival of the truck and believes this will be a great tool in keeping the community safe.

“We're really excited to have this truck coming. This is going to be one of the best assets in Fire Services. As our community grows this is going to be shown in our community. We'll have it at community events. We want people to see the truck when it comes. We are certainly proud of it not even having picked it up yet. It's a considerable investment in public safety.”
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March 31st, 2021 ~ Vol. 91 No. 13
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