Re­gional co-op­er­a­tion at its finest

The Compass - - ED­I­TO­RIAL OPIN­ION -

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,

ed­i­tor

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