Grand Forks Fire/Rescue department costs every person and business in the city roughly $2 per week.
We are now told a new fire truck is required to ensure our property insurance premiums remain at the current level. These premiums are partly based on the flow rate of water onto a fire.
The previous council authorized the purchase of a 30.5-metre (100-foot) ladder truck at an overall cost of $1.3 million—roughly $320 per resident and business. Grand Forks does not allow buildings over 12 metres (40 feet) in height and we already have a 15.25-metre (50-foot) ladder truck. Almost no other municipality, excepting large cities, has a 30.5-metre (100 foot) ladder fire truck.
As I stated to council at the Jan. 12 regular meeting, it might be sensible for council to review this purchase. It may be possible to adjust our commitment to the manufacturer, thus saving tax dollars, by acquiring a conforming and cheaper truck.
Nigel James, Grand Forks