Ru­ral re­sponse unit an­nounced for Heart’s De­lightIs­ling­ton

The Compass - - OPINION -

Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton is get­ting a new fire truck.

In a news re­lease is­sued on July 30, the provin­cial govern­ment an­nounced fund­ing of over $125,000 for the ve­hi­cle.

It is a cost-shared ven­ture with 90 per cent of the fund­ing pro­vided by the govern­ment, while the re­main­ing 10 per cent will be pro­vided by the town.

“En­hanc­ing fire safety in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of New­found­land and Labrador is a pri­or­ity. As our province con­tin­ues to at­tract new and di­verse in­dus­tries, it is im­por­tant for the safety of our res­i­dents that our fire­fight­ers are pre­pared to re­spond to any type of emer­gency sit­u­a­tion,” said Dan Crum­mell, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for fire and emer­gency ser­vices.

Coined a ru­ral re­sponse unit by the govern­ment, the self-con­tained truck and pump­ing ap­pa­ra­tus has foam ca­pa­bil­ity, a 300 gal­lon wa­ter tank and is ideal for fire de­part­ments in smaller com­mu­ni­ties.

“Ac­quir­ing this new fire truck is a great achieve­ment for the Heart’s De­light- Is­ling­ton fire de­part­ment. I com­mend this ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers for their com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing the res­i­dents of their com­mu­nity and I con­grat­u­late them on ob­tain­ing this new ve­hi­cle which will greatly as­sist them in re­spond­ing to emer­gen­cies,” said Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son.

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