Township council will be forming a committee to investigate the possible purchase of an aerial unit for the fire department.
That decision came following a comprehensive presentation from Fire Chief Rick Harrison earlier this month that outlined the vehicles currently in operation as well as the options available for the potential purchase.
Chief Harrison noted that the price for an aerial unit – which is slated for purchase in 2021 – could range between $850,000 to $1.3 million depending on the model.
Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb brought forward a motion calling for the formation of a committee, which would be comprised of Chief Harrison, members of council, firefighters and a member of Township staff.
“I am so happy to finally have the safety and security of our firefighters and residents addressed through the potential purchase of an aerial unit,” he said in an interview.
“This could be a very large expenditure and it’s important to make a knowledgeable decision based on the needs of our community. I feel it is very responsible to include multiple parties in the conversation.”
During his presentation, Chief Harrison noted that the purchase of an aerial unit would allow the Township to be graded by the Fire Underwriters Survey, which provides data on public fire protection for underwriting purposes of subscribing insurance companies.
A passing grade could lead to reduced insurance premiums for township residents.
“It definitely could or, at the least, stabilize rates,” he told members of council.