New pumper/rescue truck for Bay de Verde
Equipment purchases help improve protection services, says chief
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.
Ambrose Broaders is chief of the Bay de Verde Volunteer Fire Department.