Prov­ince an­nounces new fire truck for St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet

Northern Pen - - Front Page - BY THOM BARKER SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

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.”

THOM BARKER — SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

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.

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