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County enacts new fire equipment policy for area departments

All procurements are to be contained within the ten-year capital plan

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – Mountain View County council has approved a new fire equipment capital procurement policy and accepted a related procedure.

The move came by way of motion at a recent regularly scheduled council meeting.

Following the recent fire tanker procurement, council instructed administration to develop a policy and procedure to guide future procurement of fire major capital equipment.

The policy and procedure was reviewed by the governance review committee in September before being sent to council for consideration.

The purpose of the new policy is to “establish the criteria, manner and methods for undertaking procurement of fire major capital equipment to ensure that procurement is done to accomplish the principles (of the policy) and in accordance with approved procedures.

The principles include that equipment will be procured “through a performance based spec focused on the tasks and requirements that the equipment is required to undertake to achieve Mountain View County service levels.”

The new policy states, in part, that, “Mountain View County council recognizes that the important role that fire departments have within the county and the necessity to participate in the purchase of major capital equipment, with a cost-effective framework, to support that role.”

The procedure accompanying the new policy states, in part, that, “all procurements shall be contained within the ten-year capital plan for that respective fire department which have been recommended for approval by the intermunicipal collaboration committee and subsequently approved by council.

“The intermunicipal collaboration committee may also recommend purchases outside of the ten-year capital in extenuating circumstances.”

Councillors voted to accept the new policy and to receive the related procedure as information.

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