Towns to share fire­fight­ing equip­ment money

The Compass - - OPINION -

Six towns in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion re­gion will share $ 85,000 worth of new fire­fight­ing.

The fol­low­ing fire de­part­ments will ben­e­fit from the pro­gram:

• Vic­to­ria ( five Bunker jack­ets and pants, three Self Con­tained Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tuses) — $ 19,620 for a pro­ject to­tal of $ 22,809

• Heart’s Con­tent ( four SCBA, four air cylin­ders) — $ 17,802 – pro­ject to­tal, $ 20,696

• Win­ter­ton (six Bunker pack­ets and pants, two SCBA with alu­minum cylin­ders) — $ 15,689 - to­tal, $ 18,239

• Car­bon­ear (three SCBA, four air cylin­ders, aerial fit­tings) — $ 15,287 – to­tal, $ 19,994 • Bri­gus (two SCBA) — $ 8,155 – to­tal, $ 9,480 • Hant’s Har­bour (two SCBA) — $ 7,916 – to­tal $ 9,202

All six projects are be­ing funded through a cost­shar­ing agree­ment be­tween the prov­ince and in­di­vid­ual towns, where the prov­ince pays 90 per cent and the town is re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­ing 10 per cent. The lone ex­cep­tion is Car­bon­ear, where the funds are be­ing cost shared on an 80/ 20 fund­ing ar­range­ment.

The money is be­ing pro­vided through the Pro­vin­cial Fire­fight­ing Equip­ment Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices — New­found­land and Labrador.

“ Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing our towns, com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions to pro­vide the best level of fire pro­tec­tion avail­able, said Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien, in a news re­lease. O’Brien is also re­spon­si­ble for the prov­ince’s fire and emer­gency ser­vices.

Fire de­part­ments suc­cess­ful in re­ceiv­ing fund­ing have ap­plied for the pro­gram with the sup­port of their mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and have com­mit­ted to cover their por­tion of the equip­ment through the pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished cost-share ra­tios.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated a to­tal of more than $ 6 mil­lion this year to­wards the mu­nic­i­pal fire ser­vice.

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