Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices again turns down Gan­der pumper re­quest

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RANDELL

For the fourth year in a row, Gan­der has been de­nied fund­ing for a new pumper from the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

A 1993 pumper is in need of re­place­ment, and ac­cord­ing to Gan­der Fire Chief Paul Fudge, “By Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion stan­dards it should be re­tired.”

Gan­der Fire Res­cue is ready to move for­ward in se­cur­ing its por­tion of the funds, but the pro­vin­cial con­tri­bu­tion cov­er­ing the ma­jor­ity of the pur­chase is needed.

“We’ve ap­plied ev­ery year for the last year, but have been turned down, so we’ll keep plug­ging away at it,” he said.

Last year, the Town wholly pur­chased a res­cue pumper to the tune of $500,000. And pre­vi­ously, while it doesn’t fall un­der Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices fund­ing cri­te­ria, spent $200,000 for a mo­bile com­mand truck.

“It goes to show that the town is will­ing to step up to the plate and do its part,” said Fudge. “And I think gov­ern­ment should step up and do the same.”

The last piece of equip­ment funded by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment would have been the lad­der truck six years ago.

In a let­ter to the Town, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices stated that all funds for the fis­cal year had been al­lo­cated.

Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce was not avail­able for com­ment.

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Gan­der Fire Res­cue has been try­ing to se­cure fund­ing for a new pumper for the past four years, but has been turned down ev­ery time by the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

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