New pumper truck for Blyth to cost over $600,000

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BLYTH – North Huron, Central Huron, Morris-Turnberry, and Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh will share the cost of a new pumper truck, at a price tag of $604,500, plus tax.

Fire Chief Marty Bedard said in an email, “We currently have $536,753 in reserves. I included an extra $100,000 in the 2021 budget to cover the shortfall.”

Council authorized a request for proposals (RFP) in October after deferring the decision from 2020 to have enough funds available.

Bedard presented a report to council on Dec. 21 outlining the RFP results and the decision to choose the custom-made ResQTech Systems (Rosenbauer) Pumper.

Seven dealers submitted a total of 10 proposals, with prices ranging from $564,600 to $791,306.96.

The chosen proposal included most of the items requested in the RFP for the new pumper, comparing the lower cost vehicles as missing several items listed in the RFP.

The cost far exceeds the ResQTech proposal when the missing items are added. The remainder of the proposals were well over the budget amount, and many were missing items listed in the RFP.

The Fire Chief must obtain a financial commitment from Central Huron, Morris-Turnberry, and Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh to pay their share before the purchase is finalized.

“I am currently in discussion with the agreement partners to get approval to go ahead with the truck purchase,” said Bedard.

The matter will be presented to municipal councils again for final approval once they reach an agreement.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times