New pumper truck, pager system for Trinity South Central
Green’s Harbour also gets pager system
When the Trinity South Central Volunteer Fire Department was formed in November of 2011, its members were promised a new pumper/rescue truck.
On Feb. 18, 2013, that promise came one-step closer to fruition when Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien stepped to the podium inside the fire hall in Whiteway.
O’Brien announced the purchase of a brand new $225,000 piece of equipment for the roughly 50-member department. The truck is one of eight such emergency vehicles to be purchased in partnership with eight communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
All that is left now is for it to be delivered. For now, the firefighters will have to make due with a picture of the 2013 Freightliner 1,500 gallon tanker/pumper hanging in the fire hall.
The new truck will replace the 1984 Ford pumper currently being used by the brigade, and would join a 1982 International 600 gallon pumper and 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 four-wheel-drive to complete its fleet.
Firefighter Barry Chislett said the 1,500 gallon pumper is an asset for the area.
“You can take in Heart’s Delight to Hopeall with the pumper,” he said. “With a 1,500 gallon pumper, you can cover a lot of area.”
Fire hydrants are at a premium along the Trinity South Shore. Cavendish does not have f ire hydrants. Whiteway has them, but they are not hooked up yet.
There are also areas along tracks and back roads that do not have readily accessible water.
“The trucks we have now carry 500-600 gallons of water, and you can’t get water there. That’s the problem,” said Chief Ken Jackson.
The new vehicle carries almost three times as much water, plus, as Jackson added, it has a ferry system.
“That truck will come in and pump water into a portable pump system. The pumper will take over from there and pump it to the fire,” he said.
This system can be applied to any of the neighbouring communities.
“We’re only a phone call away,” said Chislett.
The 2013 model will be the first piece of equipment owned by the brigade that will be brand new.
Everything else has been refurbished before put into service.
“It’s a good feeling when you see it coming together and you’re getting a brand new piece (of equipment),”
The brigade will not only be getting a new truck, but also a new pager system.
This new system allows for every member of the brigade to be contacted at once. Before, each firefighter had to be called individually.
That lead to some confusion when it came to getting firefighters to the hall.
“Under the old system, we were packing up to come back and the last guy was getting there,” said Jackson. “We had a call in Green’s Harbour on Boxing Day, and we had 23 guys out of 27 pagers show up.”
The fire department in Green’s
“It’s a good feeling when you see it coming together and you’re getting a brand new piece (of equipment).”
— Fire Chief Ken Jackson
Harbour is also receiving a new pager system.
Chief Aaron Hi l lier said the brigade had a similar system to the one used by the Trinity South Central department.
“Now, people just call the one number and away we go,” he said.
Both Green’s Harbour and Trinity South Central share the same system.
“We’re piggy backing off them,” said Hillier.
That move allows for the smaller station to save a bit of money. “We appreciate it,” said Hillier. It also allows both stations to be in the loop when calls come in.
While both hear the call, neither department would intentionally impede on each other’s territory, unless asked directly.
It has been over a year since the
Trinity South Central Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Jackson speaks at the announcement of the new truck for the department.
Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien (left) and Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson unveil the picture of what will become the Trinity South Central Volunteer Fire Department’s new pumper/rescue truck at the fire hall in Whiteway on Feb. 18.