New fire truck to get a home

The Township of Spallumcheen has joined the City of Armstrong in agreeing to fund the construction of a temporary bay

The Township of Spallumcheen has joined the City of Armstrong in agreeing to fund the construction of a temporary bay for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department’s new truck.

The bay will be built eight-feet at the back of an existing bay and will be 16-feet high and 18-feet across.

“The vehicles will be backed into the bay and will be facing the front door,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh. “It’s an enclosed rectangle with a roof.”

The fire department requested approval to construct a temporary bay for its new truck due to the length of the truck.

Township administrator Greg Betts told council fire chief Ian Cummings explored temporary options including reconfiguring vehicle locations in existing bays, housing a vehicle in another public facility and moving non-first response vehicles outdoors.

None were viable options as during the winter, all emergency response vehicles carrying water or pumping water must be housed indoors to avoid freezing. That includes the vehicles being readily accessible and operational at all times.

The fire department provided the city and township with a quote from Maddocks Construction Ltd. of $11,149.60 plus GST.

Armstrong voted to pay its half, though Coun. Sully O’Sullivan was opposed because the quote did not include mechanical, electrical or painting, nor did it include the cost of a building permit.

Spallumcheen Coun. Rachael Ganson expressed similar concerns.

Council voted unanimously on a staff recommendation to proceed with the temporary bay expansion to an approximate cost of $12,000, not including the items listed in the quote: mechanical, electrical and painting.