The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved the purchase of a truck to be used as a utility crane truck. (Black Press file photo)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has approved the purchase of a truck to be used as a utility crane truck. (Black Press file photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen approves truck purchase

Diesel truck will be used to carry a utility crane

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will purchase a new four-wheel-drive truck to mount a utility crane.

At the regional district’s board meeting on Feb. 4, the board approved the purchase of a Ford 550 Diesel truck from Orchard Ford for $66,168. The truck will carry the crane and cabinetry being built by Brutus Truck Bodies.

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The truck will allow staff to safely lift hydrants, pumps and other equipment while undertaking routine maintenance.

In a report to the board, Andrew Reeder, manager of operations at the regional district said diesel engines cost around $9,000 more than gas engines, but are more powerful and will last longer.

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