District eyes new fire truck

Port Hardy Fire Rescue coon soon have a new $1.1 million fire truck.

Port Hardy Fire Rescue could soon be rolling out in a shiny new $1.1 million fire truck, if residents agree.

At their regular meeting July 19, District of Port Hardy approved going ahead with the purchase of a new Quint engine which includes pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders.

The fire department is hoping to add various safety components including a ‘business class cab’ which allows six firefighters room tomove around to put on bulky equipment, seat belts, and air bags.

The ladder will allow the department to reach fourth floors, which was a recommendation in the 2014 Fire Service Review.

The new truck has been approved in the 2016 budget. The district plans to finance the truck by borrowing up to $1.1 million from the Municipal Finance Authority with a five-year renewable term over 12 years. The interest rate would be variable and the payments would be about $100,000 a year.

This purchase is being done through the ‘Alternative Approval Process’ rather than the more costly and time consuming referendum format. If more than 10 per cent of electors oppose borrowing the money, a referendum will have to be held.

A request for proposals for the new fire engine has been sent out, and they will be presented to council “when they come back,” said Chief Administrative Officer Allision McCarrick.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Collaborative effort removes salmon farms from BC coast

The first farms to be removed were those in closest to the Ahta and Viner Rivers.

North Island Concert Society: Marc Atkinson Trio coming to the Civic Centre

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.

MP Blaney welcomes feedback on medical assistance in dying legislation

Over the next two weeks the Government of Canada is holding consultations… Continue reading

Picture perfect: Get the most from your wedding photography

Stop by the Comox Community Centre on Jan. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

VIDEO: North Island Atom Eagles run over Victoria Racquet Club B2 Kings

“This team has come so far this year, from a tough time in tiering to where we are now”

Kids across Canada more at risk of hospitalization from flu this season: doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam said influenza B does not usually peak until February or later

BC Ferries hybrid ships arrive in Victoria on Saturday

The battery-operated vessels will take over smaller routes

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Kelowna hotel to award couples for baby-making with Nooner deal

The deal includes a free stay every Valentine’s Day for the next 18 years

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

Most Read