Fire department purchases new SCBA compressor unit

During the South Dundas council meeting on April 3rd, Chief Chris McDonough of South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services recommended the purchase of a SCBA compressor.

He recommended purchasing the SCBA compressor from D&L Fire Equipment of Ingleside.

“They are a specialized supplier for this type of equipment and lucky for us they’re in Ingleside.”

“Last year we purchased a ‘Scott re-fill station’ from D&L which was the first of a two part purchase to bring this piece of equipment up to current standards with our health and safety regulations.”

“I did sole source this,” said McDonough.

“This is a specialty item which takes approximately six to eight weeks for delivery and given the age and operating condition of our current compressor, given the condition of this piece of equipment, time will not permit for competitive bids.” 

He explained that the current SCBA compressor has “been limping along. It’s at the end of its life.”

Referring to the close proximity of the company and to the maintenance program, McDonough said, “I feel that it will save money.”

Councillor Archie Mellan said, “we need it. Get it done.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds was concerned with the sole sourcing component of the request, but agreed that McDonough “had good valid reasons.”

The recommendation was approved.

McDonough informed council that the lifespan for this project is at least 15 years. The cost, accounted for in the 2012 capital budget, is approximately $30,000.

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