Trans Canada Pipeline Group donated $4,000 to help the rural department buy the vehicle. Dreyer said the vehicle will cost about $15,000 if the department does a lot of the work.
Dreyer said the advantage to building the vehicle themselves will mean it’s suited specifically for their needs.
“It would be set up for firefighting and patient transport with minimal modification,” he said.
Dreyer said having such a vehicle would have been valuable with limited-access incidents such as the boating fatality with multiple injured victims in 2010, and the injured hiker in a ravine on county park property last year.
It becomes even more important with the extension of the North Bank Bike Trail, which will have almost no access in the township on a two-mile stretch between 112th and 96th avenues, Dreyer said.
There are also plans for the vehicle to be used for bike path maintenance in the township.
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