Re­fur­bished fire ve­hi­cle for Spa­niard’s Bay

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

The Spa­niard’s Bay Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment un­veiled its new fire truck Oct. 24 at its fire hall on the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way.

The re­fur­bished fire res­cue ve­hi­cle was re­vealed to a crowd of some 30 res­i­dents who stopped by to take a look at the new ve­hi­cle and sup­port their lo­cal depart­ment of 39 years.

Orig­i­nally, the new truck — which has the same pumper ca­pa­bil­i­ties as the depart­ment pumper truck — came from Semi­nole County in Florida, but was pur­chased from EastCan Fire Equip­ment in New Brunswick. The busi­ness sells used fire ve­hi­cles from all over North Amer­ica to other fire de­part­ments.

Mayor Wayne Smith an­nounced his pride for pur­chas­ing the ve­hi­cle and for the way it was ac­quired in a speech to the crowd.

“When we found out we were 82 on the list to re­ceive fund­ing for a new fire truck, the fire depart­ment and coun­cil de­cided we needed a “plan B,” Smith ex­plained.

A meet­ing took place be­tween the fire depart­ment, coun­cil and MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john, who de­cided they would pur­chase a re­fur­bished truck.

Smith ex­plained it was an easy de­ci­sion for the coun­cil to ap­prove, since the ve­hi­cle would, “serve the needs of the depart­ment and com­mu­nity for years to come…”

He de­scribed the growth of the com­mu­nity, the pro­posed new com­mer­cial park on Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way and ex­ten­sive part­ner­ships with neigh­bour­ing com- mu­ni­ties for help dur­ing emer­gency calls, demon­strat­ing the truck was es­sen­tial to the depart­ment.

Town man­ager Tony Ryan said the next item the depart­ment and town ex­pect to re­place is a 1985 4x4 res­cue ve­hi­cle, but a time­frame on a pur­chase was not avail­able.

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