Bol­ster­ing emer­gency ser­vices in Bay de Verde

Fire de­part­ment of­fi­cially takes own­er­ship of new res­cue/pumper truck

The Compass - - OPINION - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY TERRYROBERTS ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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