The Township of North Glengarry remains committed to fire prevention and protection. Although there has been an increase in the number of inspections and public education events in 2017, the township has also invested in equipment to increase its fire protection capabilities.

On October 4, an underground water reservoir, commonly referred to as a “fire well”, was installed in Glen Sandfield. The water reservoir, which is only accessible to the fire department, is open year-round. It provides firefighters with 20,000 gallons of water used to combat fires.

The second investment related to the purchase of a new 2017 Freightliner 108SD pumper-tanker truck, which was delivered to the Alexandria Fire Hall on October 5. This truck represents an investment of $397,995, financed over ten years.

The new pumper-tanker will be replacing two older trucks, including a 1989 pumper and a 1992 tanker. This dual-purpose truck holds 2,500 gallons of water on board; when in service the truck can pump 1,050 gallons of water per minute. It is expected to significantly increase the fire department’s tactical capabilities at both rural and urban fires.