Bolstering emergency services in Bay de Verde
Fire department officially takes ownership of new rescue/pumper truck
Fire protection services in the Bay de Verde area were dramatically improved last fall following the arrival of a new state-of-the-art pumper/rescue truck.
The truck came at a cost of $223,000, with the provincial government paying 90 per cent, while the town council picked up the remainder. The truck replaces a 1989 pumper, which was sold to the community of Admiral’s Beach, St. Mary’s Bay for $1.
A ceremony was held at the fire station on March 11, with representatives of the town council and the provincial government officially handing over the truck’s keys over to the brigade, which has a strength of 24 members and also serves the neighbouring communities of Red Head Cove and Grates Cove. The brigade also has extrication equipment, and can respond to motor vehicle accidents throughout the region.
The regional concept helped convince government officials to fund the purchase. Bay de Verde is also a busy fishing port, further reinforcing the need for top-notch emergency services.
Members of the Bay de Verde Fire Department are pictured here in front of their new fire/rescue truck. They include: Front (l-r) — Jeremy Doyle, Christian Skulason, Dale Walsh, Ambrose Broaders and Melvin Coish; back — Brian Walsh, Damien North, Yancy Curl, Cory Turner, Jamie Broderick, Julian Broderick, Joseph Kelly, Dean Potter, Kirk Rice, Jordan Power and deputy mayor Gordon Coish. Missing are: Rod North, Gerard Broderick, Jim Broderick, Tommy Doyle, Quinn North, Adrian Anthony, Todd Broderick and Randy Coish.
Bay de Verde Fire Chief Ambrose Broaders is all smiles because of the shiny new life-saving behemoth in the background.
Deputy Mayor Gordon Coish (left) is seen handing the keys to the new truck to Chief Ambrose Broader. At right is Cystal Hill, who represented Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson.
Retired fire commissioner Fred Hollett (left) was among the special guests on hand for the ceremony. Hollett was credited with helping secure funding for the truck, and spoke highly of the brigade’s commitment. He is shown here with firefighters Kirk Rice, Jeremy Doyle and Melvin Coish.