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Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department Purchase New Ladder Truck for $1.28M, Delivery Expected Early 2020


Posted: July 24, 2019

Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department Purchase New Ladder Truck for $1.28M, Delivery Expected Early 2020

A committee comprised of Captain Darren Allan and other members of the Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department have been discussing the replacement of the ladder truck for the past five years.  More recently, they have evaluated three different demonstration Aerial Apparatus trucks and presented their recommendation to the Fire Management Committee.  The current 1995 ladder truck will reach its end of life in 2020.   The current ladder truck is showing signs of age and wear with the built-in waterway no longer in service, the safety of the aerial ladder is a concern and showing signs of age.

On July 16, Jay Arns, Fire Chief/Director of Protective Services provided a presentation with a recommendation to Enniskillen Township Council regarding the purchase of a demonstration Aerial Apparatus truck.  Enniskillen Township Council approved the purchase of the truck, and at a Special Meeting of Council on July 24, the Council of the Town of Petrolia approved the purchase as well. 

Enniskillen Township Councillor, and Chair of the Fire Management Committee, Judy Krall said, “The purchase of this truck is a huge benefit to fighting fires in our communities both now and in the future.  It will also help to ensure that we keep our firefighters safe from harm’s way, as well.”

The Council of the Town of Petrolia agreed to exempt the purchase of the ladder truck from the Town’s Procurement Policy in an effort to secure the demo truck at the reduced price allowing the Department to act quickly.

Mayor of Petrolia, R. Brad Loosley said, “The safety of our Petrolia & North Enniskillen Fire Department members is paramount.  Their ability to protect our communities and residents is of utmost importance and speaks directly to the need for us to secure safe, and modern equipment.  As a Council, we are very pleased to see staff working to provide their best recommendation while saving our communities tens of thousands of dollars in the process.” 

The Pierce Ascendant 110-foot Aerial Apparatus is a “bucket” Single Axle elevated platform is slated for delivery early in 2020.  The final cost for the demo truck is $1,281,200.00 plus HST.  Over the next five months, the Fire Department will work closely with the company to prepare the truck for delivery and to conduct training.  Jay Arns, Fire Chief/Director of Protective Services said, “The truck is the workhorse for our department, and it is integral for the safety of our firefighters to provide effective fire rescue and emergency response service to our communities.” 

Pierce Ascendant 110-foot Tower (bucket) Single Axle Ladder Truck Side