Fort St. John increases budget for new fire engine

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John city council has approved a budget increase for a new fire engine.

On Monday, council approved a budget increase of $632,730 USD to purchase a new fire engine to replace Engine 2, otherwise known as Unit 19. 

Initially, $890,000 USD was budgeted for a new engine in 2019, said fire chief Robert Norton in a report to council. The purchase was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then, the price of a new engine has increased to $1,522,730 USD. 

Engine 2 will need to be retired from service in 2025 to keep up with regulations, said Norton.

The budget increase gives the city enough time to make a timely purchase and replace the engine.

Currently, the vendor has given the city a proposed price of $1,522,730 USD, guaranteed until December 22nd, 2023.  

Once replaced, Engine 2 will be retired to the city’s new fire rescue training facility, where it will continue its life helping train new firefighters.

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