A help­ing hand for fire de­part­ments

Con­cep­tion Bay North bri­gades to re­ceive fund­ing for emer­gency equip­ment

The Compass - - NEWS -

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.”

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