A helping hand for fire departments
Conception Bay North brigades to receive funding for emergency equipment
Volunteer fire departments are a vital part of rural Newfoundland.
These departments enhance public safety and provide fire protection services to residents regionally by assisting surrounding community departments during fire and rescue emergencies.
Department in the Conception Bay North area have seen an increase in new equipment in the past year, including a new equipment truck for Carbonear and a refurbished fire response vehicle for Spaniard’s Bay.
Five municipalities will be receiving funding for more equipment from the provincial government.
It was been announced by Steve Kent, the minister responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, on Friday Nov. 1 that Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Spaniard’s Bay, Upper Island Cove and Victoria will received just over $55,000 in funding to help offset the costs of new equipment.
The department in Bay Roberts will receive $19,008 for new breathing apparatuses, while Carbonear will receive $6,380 for new bunker suits, boots helmets, gloves and hoods. New bunker suits will be covered for Spaniard’s Bay at a cost of $5,773. Upper Island Cove will also receive new breathing apparatuses at a cost of $10,429 and Victoria will receive $13,547 for new communications equipment.
More than 30 communities across the province will benefit from a share of $380,000 towards fire departments.
MHA for Port de Grave Glenn Littlejohn noted, “The volunteer fire departments in this region are extremely active and very dedicated. I am pleased to see their work being rewarded with new funding to purchase much needed equipment.”