Province announces new fire truck for St. Lunaire-Griquet
The Town of St. Lunaire-Griquet is getting a new fire truck.
The approximately $350,000 pumper unit will be a state-of-theart piece of equipment cost-shared 80-20 between the province and the town, with the town’s share being around $62,000.
St. Lunaire-Griquet Fire Chief Tyler Hillier said the announcement by Municipal Affairs Minister Andrew Parsons on Oct. 11 was a big deal for the town and the region.
“It means a lot to our department,” Hillier said. “We’ve been currently working with an outdated 1994 truck that’s not providing the proper service.
“With everything modernizing, buildings changing, needs and demands are changing and we needed this truck. We’ve been trying to get this truck for a number of years now and today marks a milestone for us, and not only to our community, we can also help with our region and our other fire departments, smaller departments.”
In unveiling a portrait of the new unit, which the town expects to arrive in approximately 11 months, Parsons had a great deal of praise for Mayor Dale Colbourne, town council and the St. Lunaire-Griquet volunteer brigade.
“I have a lot of time for volunteers, and someone like Dale, who doesn’t just do stuff for this community but takes on a lot for the entire province,” he said. “And it’s the same way I think about councillors and fire departments, we’re lucky to have people like you to do this job.”
Colbourne added that it’s one thing to volunteer to do the job, but towns and firefighters need the proper equipment and the province was happy to provide it.
Parsons praised Colbourne, town council and Chief Hillier for their hard work in making the announcement possible and also gave credit to Flower’s Cove-L’Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore who was also on hand for the announcement.
“You don’t know how persuasive he is,” Parsons said. “He’s very good at putting forward his case, and that’s why this area has done so well.”
From left: St. Lunaire-Griquet Mayor Dale Colbourne, Municipal Affairs Minister Andrew Parsons, St. Lunaire-Griquet Fire Chief Tyler Hillier and Flower’s Cove-L’Anse aux Meadows MHA Christopher Mitchelmore announce a new fire truck for the town at the community centre on Thursday, Oct. 11.