Courtenay FD buys old Tanker 84 back for $1

Dollar for dollar, the best deal going

  • Nov. 26, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex (left) accepts the old Tanker 84 from Fanny Bay Fire Chief Mike Smith  - for a loonie and a handshake.

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex (left) accepts the old Tanker 84 from Fanny Bay Fire Chief Mike Smith - for a loonie and a handshake.

Terry Farrell

Record staff

Tanker 84 has been sold… again.

For a dollar… again.

The Courtenay Fire Department re-purchased the the old water tender it sold to the Fanny Bay Fire Department more than seven years ago, for the same price as the original sale.

“It really is the best deal going,” said Fanny Bay Fire Chief Mike Smith. “They bought it long before I came onto the scene. It’s been quite a while… so we got really good service out of that dollar.”

“We originally sold it to them in 2007, when we bought our new one,” said Courtenay Fire Department deputy chief Kurt MacDonald. “

The tanker started showing its age last year, when it developed a leak in the tank, due to rust. The FBFD had no choice but to replace it, and after a long search, a replacement was found, in Napanee, Ontario.

Once the replacement arrived, Smith made a deal with Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex to buy it back, for use as a training aid in the new Courtenay Fire Department fire training area. The vehicle will be used as a prop at the training centre.

“We are going to tip it onto its side and use it for (extrication) practice and simulated motor vehicle accidents, with leaks and things like that,” said MacDonald. “Even for a prop, it’s a heck of a deal.”

“We ran it up until about three months ago,” said Smith. “But then when I wanted to drive it to town, it wouldn’t go. It was like it didn’t want to leave Fanny Bay.”

As for the replacement, Smith said there was no such deal this time around.

“No, I did not get it for a dollar this time. I got it for $50,000 plus. But it’s a really nice piece of equipment. It’s all aluminum, so we are good for the foreseeable future for the Fanny Bay Fire Department.”