Village of Morrin hears new fire truck needed

Photo David Dodge. Morrin Welcome sign
Written by Stu Salkeld

The Village of Morrin fire department is in need of a new truck, councillors heard during a detailed presentation in the July 15 teleconference meeting.

Councillors heard the presentation from fire department representatives Darcy Davidson and Chris Brown.

Mayor Howard Helton read a letter of request from the Morrin Fire Department asking for the village’s support in acquiring a Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant to buy a new fire truck.

The letter stated Morrin Fire Department was looking to find funding to help replace two vehicles that were either outdated or insufficient for the department’s needs. 

The department letter stated the two vehicles serve different uses but can be replaced by a single unit if it’s the proper one.

According to the letter this new single unit could handle four roles, including initial response, first response for motor vehicle collisions, first response medical calls and on-scene support for fire-fighting.

The old vehicles include a 1996 Ford F-350, now 24 years old and carrying some obsolete equipment. 

The other vehicle is a 2005 Chevy 2500 that can’t really carry more than two people at a time.

During the presentation, it was stated the new multi-role vehicle would be able to carry equipment in a much more efficient manner, while also transporting up to five firefighters in their gear as well.

The fire department estimated the new multi-role vehicle would cost just under $400,000, including the emergency equipment. It was stated the truck alone is about $350,000.

Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Annette Plachner stated the village doesn’t get that much MSI funding in a single year.

Mayor Helton stated the village wouldn’t be able to commit to this project at this time of year. He suggested the request be placed on the strategic planning list and included in proposed future projects.

Davidson stated the fire department had spent a lot of time researching the vehicle and grant options for it, noting the MSI program has almost $1 billion set aside, some of it specifically earmarked for fire department projects.

Davidson stated he was certain the village could get more funding if it was for fire department projects.

The fire department representatives ended their presentation by thanking the council and stating they would send further information about MSI grants to CAO Plachner.


Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.