Bay de Verde to re­ceive new fire truck

The Compass - - OPINION -

Bay de Verde is to re­ceive a new fire truck. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will pay 90 per cent of the cost of the pm­per, while the town will be re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­ing 10 per cent.

Pub­lic ten­ders for the truck will be called this sum­mer and the ve­hi­cle is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in the spring of 2012.

The pro­vin­cial con­tri­bu­tion is part of gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in the mu­nic­i­pal fire ser­vice an­nounced ear­lier this year.

Trin­ity Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son said, in a news re­lease, “the new pumper truck will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the Bay de Verde Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment and its mem­bers.

“ Their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion in the in­ter­est of pub­lic safety pro­vides a level of com­fort for res­i­dents of Bay de Verde, Red Head Cove, Grates Cove, Daniel’s Cove, as well as the trav­el­ling pub­lic, by pro­vid­ing high­way emer­gency re­sponse along sec­tions of the penin­sula,” the Min­is­ter of Child, Youth and Fam­ily Ser­vices sug­gested.

“ The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing our com­mu­ni­ties in pro­vid­ing the best level of fire pro­tec­tion avail­able, and we are pleased to as­sist Bay de Verde to mod­ern­ize equip­ment.

“Pub­lic safety continues to be a pri­mary fo­cus for the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment,” said Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for fire and emer­gency ser­vices Kevin O’Brien in a news re­lease.

The prov­ince al­lo­cated $3.9 mil­lion in this year’s pro­vin­cial bud­get for new fire­fight­ing ve­hi­cles, along with $1 mil­lion for equip­ment.

With the ad­di­tion of a new pro­vin­cial vol­un­teer fire­fighter tax credit, to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment of the men and women in the vol­un­teer fire ser­vice, gov­ern­ment has put more than $6 mil­lion to­wards the mu­nic­i­pal fire ser­vice this year.

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