Regional co-operation at its finest
Local fire departments gain recognition for the equipment and expertise they have to offer.
Neighbouring Harbour Grace, for example, is well-known for its expertise in high angle, coldwater rescue and vehicle extrication — assets that have been used effectively well beyond the town’s boundaries throughout the region.
Through their mutual aid programs, local fire departments appear to have good working relationships. And whenever you see a fire vehicle from one town at the scene of an emergency in another, you witness a good example of regional co-operation at its finest.
While nobody knows any better than volunteer firefighters the need for such expensive equipment, ironically, they also hope and pray they will never be called upon to use it in a real emergency.
For the rest of us, just knowing the equipment and expertise are there at the ready, just in case, should help us all get a better night’s sleep. Bill Bowman,