New pumper/res­cue truck for Bay de Verde

Equip­ment pur­chases help im­prove pro­tec­tion ser­vices, says chief

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Things are look­ing up for the Bay de Verde Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

The 24-mem­ber bri­gade re­cently up­graded the equip­ment at its dis­posal af­ter the pro­vin­cial government and the town col­lab­o­rated on the pur­chase of a pumper/res­cue truck and three self- con­tained breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tuses (SCBA).

The 2013 Freight­liner comes to Bay de Verde at a cost of $223,629 un­der a 90/10 split, with the province pick­ing up the larger share. It re­places the ‘89 GMC pumper, which was the first in the town’s his­tory.

The new ad­di­tion joins a 1998 Ford res­cue van and a 2001 Ford F350 XL to com­plete the fleet.

Chief Am­brose Broad­ers said the new truck dra­mat­i­cally im­proves fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices in the area.

“It gives us a bet­ter piece of equip­ment,” he said. “A phys­i­cal piece of equip­ment that we can de­pend on.”

“It’s a much wel­comed ad­di­tion to the fleet,” added Bay de Verde Mayor Ger­ard Murphy.

As a fire de­part­ment, it is im­por­tant for the per­sonal to have con­fi­dence in its equip­ment when an emer­gency strikes.

The new pumper gives that sense of con­fi­dence to Bay de Verde, both to the fire­fight­ers in the de­part­ment and the com­mu­nity at large.

“It’s piece of mind for the com­mu­nity,” noted Broad­ers. “It gives us 100

The Bay de Verde Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment’s new 2013 Freight Line Pumper truck.

per cent more con­fi­dence.”

The Bay de Verde de­part­ment is not lim­ited to pro­vid­ing its ser­vices to the com­mu­nity of Bay de Verde.

It also re­sponds to calls in nearby Red Head Cove and Grates Cove. Hav­ing the new pumper means hav­ing an in­creased level of ser­vice for res­i­dents in those com­mu­ni­ties. Breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus In ad­di­tion to the pumper/res­cue ve­hi­cle, the town also pur­chased three new SCBA units.

Th­ese units al­low for the fire­fighter to have a con­stant sup­ply of oxy­gen while fight­ing a fire in an envi-

“It’s piece of mind for the com­mu­nity. It gives us 100 per cent more con­fi­dence.”

— Chief Am­brose Broad­ers

ron­ment that may con­tain smoke and other nox­ious gases.

With­out th­ese tanks, a de­part- ment would be in dan­ger of los­ing its sta­tus as an of­fen­sive bri­gade. Its sta­tus could move to a de­fen­sive bri­gade and fire­fight­ers would not be al­lowed to en­ter burn­ing build­ings.

With the three ad­di­tions, Broad­ers said his de­part­ment now has nine SCBA units.

“In or­der to put a fire out, you have to get in the house first,” he said. In­creased ef­fec­tive­ness The ad­di­tion of both the new pumper truck and the ad­di­tional SCBAs has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the mem­bers of the de­part­ment.

Not only in their mo­rale, but also the in­crease in ef­fec­tive­ness that comes with state-of-the-art equip­ment.

Broad­ers said the bri­gade will un­doubt­edly ben­e­fit from the “new equip­ment and the new tech­nol­ogy.”

Murphy said hav­ing the pumper is “tremen­dous for the area.”

“We’re quite proud of the fire de­part­ment,” he said.

Com­mis­sion­ing of the new ve­hi­cle is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for March 11.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Submitted photo

Am­brose Broad­ers is chief of the Bay de Verde Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

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