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UPDATE: Vernon council to purchase new fire truck

The cost for the fire engine is up to $1.2 million
Vernon council authorized the purchase of a new fire truck at the Monday, April 24, 2023 council meeting. (City of Vernon).

A shiny new fire truck is on route to Vernon.

Council has approved the the procurement process for a replacement fire engine.

In a memo to council, fire chief David Lind requested the approval to begin the process of purchasing a replacement fire engine for Vernon Fire Rescue Services.

According to the memo, the process for purchasing, building and putting a new fire apparatus into service can take two years or longer. One vendor quotes a three year and three month delivery time.

The Vernon Fire Rescue Services Long Term Fleet Plan identifies the replacement of a fire engine in 2024.

The cost for the fire truck is up to $1.2 million.

The Fire Apparatus Reserve balance is just over $967,000. The remainder of the funding for the new fire truck will be added to the reserve through the annual contribution of $360,000 in 2024.

Addiitonally, Council moved forward with the authorization of up to $198,558, for the FireSmart Coordinator and FireSmart activities to build local wildfire resilience in the City of Vernon. It is funded by the UBCM Community Resiliency Investment Program.

“I want to congratulate Lind, for the excellent work in finding the money,” said Councillor Brian Guy.

Lind noted that the bulk of the grant will go towards the funding of the FireSmart Coordinator position.

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Brendan Shykora
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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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