New doors in­stalled

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Chief Ray Verge called the new truck “a beau­ti­ful piece of equip­ment.”

The truck ar­rived more than six weeks ago, and has al­ready been put to good use, in­clud­ing re­spond­ing to a blaze in nearby Bris­tol’s Hope ear­lier this month.

Verge said the new truck al­lows his de­part­ment to do so much more. It be­comes even more help­ful when the brigade has to deal with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent (MVA).

“Be­fore, when I had an MVA on Veter­ans (Me­mo­rial High­way), I would have to roll out three pieces of equip­ment to get the nec­es­sary man­power and equip­ment there,” said Verge. “Now, I’m do­ing it with one.”

Along with the driver and pas­sen­ger seats in the front of the ve­hi­cle, the Crim­son Res­cue Engine can seat eight more crew mem­bers in the ex­tended cab.

The fea­ture will help when the de­part­ment has to per­form a cold wa­ter res­cue.

“It’ll help with cold wa­ter re­hab, es­pe­cially in the win­ter and the frigid tem­per­a­tures,” said Verge.

About the new fire truck:

New doors

un­der • Model – 2012 Crim­son Res­cue Engine; • Chas­sis – 8-man Spar­tan Force chas­sis; • Engine – Cum­mings 380 horse power; • Cost – just $360,000; • Fea­tures – built-in Hale class A foam sys­tem; 1,250 im­pe­rial gal­lon Hale pump; 840 gal­lon poly­tank; 10-kilo­watt Har­ri­son gen­er­a­tor; • Re­places – 1982 Ford 840 King pumper; 1985 Ford E350 cube van; 1992 Ford F350 res­cue.

State-of-the-art

Now, not only is the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade one of the old­est de­part­ments in the Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion re­gion, but it now boasts one of the more im­pres­sive pieces of fire­fight­ing equip­ment in the area.

The 2012 Crim­son Res­cue Engine is au­to­matic, al­low­ing who­ever is us­ing the ma­chine to op­er­ate it eas­ily and ef­fec­tively. “It’s all push-but­ton; very user-friendly,” said Verge. The truck fea­tures a built-in Hale foam sys­tem to go along with a 1,250 Im­pe­rial Gal­lon pump, a class A foam sys­tem, and a 10-kilo­watt Har­ri­son hy­draulic gen­er­a­tor which, ac­cord­ing to Verge, could power a small neigh­bour­hood dur­ing a power fail­ure.

When win­ter sets in, a unique fea­ture will al­low Har­bour Grace fire­fight­ers to eas­ily nav­i­gate the many icy hills in the com­mu­nity.

With the push of a but­ton, the ma­chine will au­to­mat­i­cally de­ploy chains around its own tires.

“It’s all of the ex­tras,” said Verge. “It’s all stuff that we needed.”

The abun­dance of stor­age space is also im­pres­sive. With three ver­ti­cal stor­age lock­ers on ei­ther side, it en­sures the brigade will be pre­pared for what­ever sit­u­a­tion it is pre­sented with.

When the new truck came in, the brigade was forced to look at the con­struc­tion of its fire truck bay. The Crim­son Res­cue Engine re­quired a big­ger open­ing be­fore it could be safely and prop­erly se­cured in­side the build­ing.

“We had to raise the doors to ac­com­mo­date the new truck,” said Paul Snow.

So, there were new doors pur­chased at a price of just un­der $20,000, cost-shared be­tween the Town of Har­bour Grace and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien was on hand for the un­veil­ing. He said when the Har­bour Grace brigade ap­proached him with its plan to pur­chase a new ve­hi­cle, he was struck by the pro­posal. “It im­pressed be­cause it wasn’t over-the-top,” said O’Brien. He added, “you have a great fire de­part­ment, I guar­an­tee you that.

“We’re re­ally proud of the in­vest­ment and re­ally proud of you as a fire de­part­ment.”

Verge said the new res­cue/pumper is what the ag­ing de­part­ment needs.

“She’s the gear,” he said. “I’d like to have an­other one just like her.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Mem­bers of the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, both past and present, stand in front of the 2012 Crim­son Res­cue Engine, the brigade’s new­est piece of equip­ment. Pic­tured are (l-r) – Lee Rogers, Paul Snow, Bob Tet­ford, Derek Dove, Bob Nose­wor­thy, Charles Rogers, Charles Monks, Coun. Wal­ter Welsh, Charles Gar­land, Cyril White, Bill Ryan, Har­bour Grace Deputy Mayor Terry Barnes, Stephen Verge, Tom Ma­haney, Shawn Baker, Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy, Fire Chief Ray Verge, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien, re­tired pro­vin­cial fire com­mis­sioner Fred Hol­lett, Dave Reg­u­lar, Paul Ash, Pat Hearn and Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs.

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