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Redvers starts campaign to replace fire truck

By Ryan Kiedrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator   

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May 1, 2024, Redvers, Sask. – The Town of Redvers is off to a good start in fundraising for a replacement fire truck for the community. At the regular meeting of Town Council on April 24, CAO Tricia Pickard shared the news of two streams of funding, totalling $15,500.

The Enbridge Fueling Futures grant contributed $7,500, while the Redvers Wildlife Federation donated $8,000.

“The RM of Antler and the Town of Redvers have committed to purchasing, so we’d like to raise as much money as we can,” Pickard said.

She also noted the coming Lobster Fest on June 22 will see proceeds going towards a new fire truck.

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“We’re going to be putting out some information to the public and talking about donations,” Pickard said. “It’s going to be something that we need here and we want to get ordered sooner than later. With the minimum standards changing, we need a new fire truck so that we meet those requirements.”

Part of aligning with the Fire Service Minimum Standards is ensuring a community has a fire truck that is within 20 years of age. Keeping in line with the relatively new standards will ensure the Redvers Fire Department can maintain its response status.

“We also know that the reality is we need a new fire truck,” Pickard said. “It doesn’t even need to be new, it has to be new enough to follow the minimum standards. The one we have now is okay until next year, that’s why we’re wanting to raise some funds now and then get that either ordered or purchased.”

Pickard confirmed that an appropriate replacement is being sought out, with some options in mind.

“We found a few fire trucks in the last year that are used, but we haven’t pulled the trigger yet,” she said.

The minimum standards also apply to firefighter training and equipment—items that also carry high dollar values. It’s not unheard of for a set of turn out gear to run in the $3,000 range.

“Thankfully, our fire chief and deputy chiefs have been really good at maintaining those higher standards,” Pickard remarked. “We’ve always been a bit above so we’re not scrambling right now, whereas some of the other departments are going to be scrambling a little bit.”


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