Canadian Dollar Means Moncton will Pay More for Fire Apparatus

The Moncton Fire Department requested an extra $110,000 this week to pay for a new fire truck it has on order.

Deputy Fire Chief Don McCabe said the floundering Canadian dollar is the main reason for the unexpected increased cost.

“Most of the custom truck manufacturers are all based out of the United States,” he said.

On February 15, Moncton City Council was asked to vote on a change to a request for proposals for the latest model of a custom single axle fire truck.

The original budget for the new truck was $750,000 Canadian plus HST, which was the established cost in 2014, when the Canadian dollar was almost on par with the American greenback.

Council voted in favor to increase the amount it had originally budgeted.

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