Old Perlican receives new rescue unit
The Old Perlican Volunteer Fire Department has upgraded it fleet of emergency response vehicles, and once again, the brigade and the town council did it without any financial support from other levels of government.
Just prior to Christmas, the department accepted a brand new cube van that’s been outfitted as a rescue unit. The $80,000-plus vehicle will be used to transport personnel and equipment such as breathing apparatuses and a power generator.
The fire department contributed some $32,000 toward the cost of the truck, while the town council paid the remainder, said fire chief Colin Kelly.
The vehicle replaces an older van that had rusted out.
The department raised the money over a two-year period through its very successful weekly TV bingo. The Trio Regional Bingo is broadcast on Channel 6 ( Eastlink) every Tuesday night, and is a partnership between fire departments in Old Perlican, Bay de Verde and the North Shore brigade, which is based in Adam’s Cove.
“ That’s our lifeblood,” Kelly said of the bingo.
Kelly said the new van is important to the department, which serves nine communities from Brownsdale to Job’s Cove. That’s a large geographical area, and having the ability to effectively and efficiently move personnel and equipment is essential.
The department also has a 1998 pumper truck that it purchased on its own, with help from the town council. And it recently brought into service a van that had been used by the town as an ambulance.
“ We serve one of the largest geographical areas of any volunteer fire department, and these vehicles will allow us to provide the service that residents deserve,” Kelly said.