Grande Prairie city council will discuss funding a new fire engine to the local fire department to accommodate their rural and urban fire protection services.
The support comes after the Fire Department expanded their rural and urban interface fire protection service to include an extra 63,000 hectares.
The committee has recommended council re-allocate $25,000 from the Rescue Apparatus Capital Project and from the Salmond Station Training Facility Capital Project in order to cover the shortfall in funding for the Type Three Fire Engine, which costs $535,716.00.
Mayor Bill Given says the city’s goal is supporting the safety of the community.
“The overall goal is to ensure we’re able to serve the city’s annexation area…our rural service area, to the same standard of service that residents received, when it was under the jurisdiction of the County of Grande Prairie.”
A Type Three Fire Engine would benefit both an urban and rural community. It has an off-road 4×4 capabilities, which provides firefighters with more access options to rural and agricultural regions.