West Grey to get 'almost new' aerial fire truck
West Grey to get 'almost new' aerial fire truck
SouthWesternOntario.ca
April 5, 2017
Article by Don Crosby
 
WEST GREY - West Grey Fire Services will getting an almost new aerial fire truck to replace one that was damaged last October in an unusual accident.
 
The replacement vehicle is demonstration model built at the Michigan manufacturing plant and used in a number of shows over the past two years. Yet it comes with full warranties.
 
The replacement vehicle has an 80-foot ladder which is 25 feet longer the original truck which was damaged last fall when the vehicle was forced off the hard surface portion of a roadway and caught a soft shoulder. The vehicle flipped over seriously bending the frame.
 
The replacement vehicle comes fully equipped with ground ladders, pike poles, back board, plenty of shelving and pull out trays as well as a 6000 watt hydraulic generator which operates off the vehicle's power take off.
 
The ladder and hose can be remotely operated without a firefighter having to climb up the ladder.
 
Fire chief Phil Schwartz told council on Monday that the cost of the replacement vehicle is $880,000, considerably less than what it would cost to replace it with one similar to the original vehicle.
 
“If we had to the same style of truck as we had before it would have cost us $350,000 to $400,000 more. By getting a little bit bigger truck we’re thinking into the future,” said Schwartz.
 
The only cost to the municipality is the $5,000 deductible.
 
Schwartz will be going down to Michigan for a pre-delivery inspection. He expects delivery of the vehicle late this month or early May.
 
Mayor Kevin Eccles said it’s been tough to have to replace such a valuable asset. Eccles said if the municipality had opted for a replacement of the original model it would have taken a year to build. This way West Grey has a virtually new vehicle ready to go.
 
“This has been a very good compromise for us,” he said.