The Town of Stettler council approved $25,000 as its share of a joint-use trailer for the regional fire department. The decision was made at the Oct. 26 regular meeting of council.
Councillors heard a joint presentation by town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Greg Switenky and Mark Dennis, regional fire chief, requesting the $25,000 previously budgeted for a fire department cargo trailer.
“In 2021 Stettler Regional Fire Department submitted a joint capital budget request for $50,000 to purchase a multi-purpose enclosed equipment trailer,” stated the agenda memo. “The Town and County of Stettler have both approved funding for the purchase of the trailer.
“Fire department staff have received two quotes on a new multi-purpose enclosed trailer both in stock available to purchase.
“This type of trailer is limited in its availability given the effect COVID- 19 has had on this industry.”
The memo included quotes from Allen-Dale Trailers & RV’s of Red Deer for $47,400 and GT Performance of Saskatoon, Sask. for $42,706. Tax and shipping would be on top of both quotes noted the memo.
“Both trailer manufactures come with a good overall review with some differences in manufacturing.
“However we did have some minimum specifications that were not met from the GT Performance trailer. Such as 6k torsion braked axles, minimum rear door opening 84 inches high, and propane powered interior heater.
“It is for those reasons administration respectfully recommends that council award the (deal) to Allen-Dale in the amount of $47,400 excluding tax.”
Dennis explained in his presentation the 84 inch height was required for ATVs which may be acquired in the future.
The regional fire chief explained the trailer will be useful for moving things like hazmat equipment that doesn’t fit on the back of a fire truck very well. Also, he noted this trailer has doors on both sides which allow firefighters to quickly get the equipment they need without emptying the entire thing.
Switenky stated these funds were already budgeted, but the town’s policies state anything over a certain dollar value has to come before council.
Dennis added that some of the fire department’s acquisitions, such as specialized emergency equipment, don’t always fit neatly into the procurement policy. He also added that the trailer would probably be pulled by two SUVs already owned by the department.
The County of Stettler already approved their half of the project. Town council unanimously approved $25,000 for the purchase of this trailer.
Councillors also discussed the use of green flashing lights for members of the regional fire department.
A memo in the council agenda noted that Stettler firefighters, along with many other departments around Alberta, are now equipping their firefighter’s personal vehicles with flashing green LED lights in the windshield which alert other motorists that firefighters are trying to get to the fire hall to respond to an emergency.
Coun. Gord Lawlor stated he’s seen one of these lights behind him, so he pulled over but it turned out the firefighter ended up stuck behind another motorist who apparently didn’t know what the light meant.
Mayor Sean Nolls stated he’s also seen the green flashing lights in use.
Councillors accepted the report on flashing green lights for information.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review