The renewal of a $30,000 intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Gilbert for fire support services has been approved by Queen Creek Town Council.
The council on Aug. 5 voted unanimously to approve the renewal in a consent agenda with other items. On the dais were Mayor Gail Barney, Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley and Councilmembers Jake Hoffman and Emilena Turley. Meeting by WebEx were Councilmembers Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and Dawn Oliphant.
Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department has a cooperative purchase agreement with Hughes Fire Equipment to provide primary maintenance and repairs to the town’s fire fleet, and is seeking alternative fleet service options, Fire Chief Vance Gray and Deputy Fire Chief Andy Marlar said in a memo to the council.
“To fulfill these fleet service’s needs, staff is requesting to approve the renewal of the IGA with the Town of Gilbert. The essential services include apparatus and equipment preventative maintenance as well as other fire-apparatus repairs on an as-needed basis,” they said in the memo. “The Town of Queen Creek does not have the resources to provide these specialized services in-house, so we are required to contract for these services.”
Queen Creek also has an agreement with the City of Mesa Fire and Medical Fleet Services to provide after-hours and roadside assistance on an as-needed basis, they said.
“The IGA with the Town of Gilbert offers another layer of protection for our fire fleet service needs on an as-needed basis. The proposed IGA would run through June 30, 2021. Having multiple service providers provides ‘back-up’ options and ensures the Town of Queen Creek will always have access to timely maintenance support for our fire fleet,” Fire Chief Gray and Deputy Fire Chief Marlar said.