Fire protection is getting a boost in Enderby.
City council has approved spending $286,600 for a new water tender fire truck.
“It’s part of our five-year plan,” said Coun. Greg McCune.
The 2013 capital budget included $270,000 for the purchase of a water tender, but the item came $16,600 over budget.
“Of the quotations obtained, Hub Fire Engines came in at the lowest price and is the preferred supplier. The quoted price for the truck amounts to $286,600,” said fire chief Kevin Alstad in a memo to council.
McCune admits that fire trucks are expensive and a large investment by taxpayers. However, he says such an expenditure is necessary.
“If you don’t keep up, you are behind the eight ball. It’s all part of providing the service,” he said.
Funding for the water tender will come from the City of Enderby and the Shuswap River Fire Protection District, which covers part of the surrounding rural area.
“It will take nine months to a year to get it (truck),” said Mayor Howie Cyr.