Old Per­li­can re­ceives new res­cue unit

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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