By J.W. Schnarr
The Grassy Lake fire department could be getting a new (to them) emergency response vehicle.
During their regular meeting in February, Municipal District of Taber council mulled their options for an emergency vehicle which would be used in Grassy Lake after they learned of the Town of Taber’s decision to retain an emergency vehicle they had previously considered selling off was in fact going to be retained by the town.
“We were waiting to see what the town did with theirs, but it looks like they are going to be holding on to it,” said Reeve Brian Brewin.
“The truck is approximately 30 years old,” said Municipal Administrator Derrick Krizsan. “Consideration was that the (Taber) rescue truck was being replaced,” he said.
He noted council then learned from an article which appeared in the Taber Times that Taber council was planning on renewing their use of that vehicle.
This left the M.D. with several options, including purchasing a new truck for the hamlet or purchasing a used one.
The vehicle currently being considered is a 13,000 kilogram GVW class vehicle. This vehicle is smaller than some others in the fleet, a benefit for female fire fighters unused to driving the larger trucks, according to Brewin.
“The advantage of this kind of truck is that they have a lot more females on their department,” said Brewin.
“I think they’d be a lot more comfortable driving this than something bigger.” He noted there is currently a larger truck at the hall but it has been left behind in the past depending on which firefighters answered a call and who is comfortable driving it.