The city will spend $365,000 on a fire truck to replace the tanker written off after a collision in January.
The Jan. 22 collision seriously injured Lisa Gallant-McRobb, the 2018 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous queen.
Council members approved the expense at their meeting Monday, along with opting to sole-source the contract to Westvac Industrial Ltd., which had the
lowest price of the only two fire trucks available in the country.
While the 2017 Westvac M4 fire truck is priced at $298,000, the other truck – a 2018 Fort Garry Crusader – would be $311,000. Modifications will be required, involving an additional cost, for whatever vehicle is purchased.
Richard Graham, the city’s manager of operations explained it’s important to replace the 2002 truck as soon as possible.
“As time is of the essence in replacing this tanker, research into replacement options and timelines began immediately.
“A typical fire department emergency response unit is produced specifically for a client and delivered in 12 months or more after order and final approval of shop drawings,” Graham stated in his report to council.
“A public process would likely take between 18 and 24 months from budget approval to delivery of this particular unit.”
Until the truck is in Whitehorse, the city has secured a rental tanker from the territory’s fire marshal’s office for nine months – with a condition that the rental can be cancelled with five days’ notice. The rental is being provided to the city for $1.
The purchase through Westvac came after insurance wrote off the fire truck involved in the collision.
Gallant-McRobb had been driving her car when it became involved in the collision at the intersection of the Alaska Highway and Robert Service Way.
Gallant-McRobb told the Star in late January she was glad to have emerged from the collision alive.
The fire truck had been proceeding to a call in the Whitehorse Copper subdivision.