New truck, gear for fire dept.


The Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service will be getting a new pumper truck, replacing the older of its current two.

Town council will be asked tonight to award Tender 19-AF-02 (a triple combination custom pumper fire truck) to Fort Garry Fire Trucks for a total net tender cost of $600,820.55.

This was the lower of two bids submitted before the tender closed on March 5.

In a written report to council, Fire Chief Tyler Moffitt noted that “having this modern NFPA [National Fire Protection Association] compliant and essential pumper fire truck in place will ensure our team’s capability to continue onward with protecting our people, the property, the environment, and the economy of the Town of Fort Frances.”

The new truck is expected to be delivered next year. It will replace the fire department’s oldest pumper truck, which will be 25 years old in 2020.

The fire department’s vehicles are aging. Its aerial ladder truck, for instance, will be 32 years old next year while its second, newer pumper fire truck will be 12 years old.

According to the NFPA’s “Standard for Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus 2012 Edition, Annex ‘D,’ any apparatus more than 25 years of age should be retired from service, Chief Moffitt noted.

Looking ahead, the oldest pumper truck being replaced potentially could be relocated to the old ambulance garage north of La Verendrye Hospital, where it would be a valuable water-tender for non-fire-hydrant areas, as well as training purposes as the airport training ground has no fire hydrants, he added.

Council also will be asked tonight to approve the purchase of two sets of bunker gear for the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service at a total net cost of $3,690.06.

While the fire department’s 2019 capital budget currently includes six sets of bunker gear at a total cost of $12,000, two firefighters’ bunker gear expires at the end of April, having reached the end of their 10-year life expectancy.

Tonight’s council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

Four in-camera items are on the agenda first, which involve potential organization restructuring, appointments to boards and committees, a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board (Portage Avenue property), and Agency One matters.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a presentation by the Ontario Clean Water Agency, which runs the town’s wastewater treatment plant;
  • a report re: uncollectible accounts receivable customer accounts;
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) 18-AF-14 (land use and economic development feasibility study for the former Shevlin wood yard and old nurses’ station);
  • a re-zoning application for 316 Victoria Ave.;
  • a recommendation re: 2018 contributions to reserve funds;
  • the 2018 drinking water systems annual report;
  • travel expense and per diem claims for Couns. Michael Behan, Wendy Brunetta, Andrew Hallikas, Douglas Judson, John McTaggart, and Rick Wiedenhoeft;
  • a letter from Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 president Ray Watson re: crosswalk improvements;
  • a request for financial support from the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts;
  • a bylaw to approve an extension to an agreement with Kenora Central Ambulance Communications Centre, Lake of the Woods District Hospital, under authority of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for a communications service for the District Fire Service.
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with Wessuc Inc. awarded through a tender process (sanitary sewer cleaning and CCTV inspection program);
  • a bylaw to licence and regulate fences within the municipality;
  • a bylaw to authorize execution of a site plan control agreement as a condition of development with Minister of Government and Consumer Services;
  • a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw #03/14, as amended (737 Scott St.);
  • a bylaw to amend Zoning Bylaw #03/14, as amended (520 Scott St.);
  • a bylaw to amend the Official Plan (2011) as amended (520 Scott Street); and
  • a bylaw to approve an agreement with Rainy River Future Development Corp. (RRFDC) to be the designated partner for tourism development in regards to a portion of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).