Bay Roberts in the market for new fire truck

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
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The Town of Bay Roberts is going to tender for a new firetruck.

The motion to put the truck to tender was put forward and approved unanimously during the October 27 meeting.

“The old van, she’s a ’92, and she’s at the end of her life. She’s served well, but, she’s pretty much done for” explained councillor and Lieutenant Bay Roberts Fire Rescue Dean Franey.

Franey explained that the heavy rescue vehicle was “in the middle price range,” as it has a walk-in back but is not as large of some of the other trucks on the market.

It will be slightly smaller tan the previous truck, said Franey, but “bigger than a pick-up.”

The 66-page specs documents provided to council likely provided a little more detailed information.

Councillor Geoff Seymour asked what how much had been budgeted, to which Chief Administration Officer Nigel Black said that the truck was estimated at around $300,000. Furthermore, Franey noted that other models can go as high as $450,000, and was based on a application made last year by Portugal Cove— St. Phillips.

As the build times for emergency vehicles can up upwards of thirteen months, Director of Protective Services Justin Parsons had recommended the Town publish the tender in a timely manner.

The tender, which opened October 28, will close November 25.

Immediately following the vote to tender for the new truck, council discussed a request from the Salmon Cove- Perry’s Cove Fire Department for the Town’s old SCBA fill station to employ as a mobile fill station, once Bay Roberts receives a new fill station.

CAO Black noted that if the station was over a certain value, they would be required to put it to tender for someone to purchase it.

In the past, Bay Roberts has donated trucks and equipment to the Salmon Cove department.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News