Fire and Emergency Services again turns down Gander pumper request
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.
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.