New pumper truck for Burgeo
Fire Department will get its new truck promises MHAs during annual Sand and Sea celebration.
With help from the provincial government, the Burgeo Fire Department is realizing their goal of attaining a new fire truck.
Burgeo- LaPoile MHA Andrew Parsons shared the news at the fire department’s annual fish and chips supper during the recent Sand and Sea Festival.
Parsons promised the town it will receive a new fire pumper truck within a year to 18 months.
“The whole fire department was very excited,” said Burgeo Fire Chief Glen Hann. “I was more than excited and so was my wife and our son, who is in the fire department as well. Everybody in the community is very ecstatic that we are going to get a new fire truck.”
The cost of the new truck will be shared as an 80/20 split, with the provincial government putting in the lion’s share. Hann and members of the fire department ran a Chase The Ace draw for three years to come up with the remaining 20 per cent. Hann is happy he didn’t have to go to the town for money.
“When she comes on stream, we’ll have our money already in place,” Hann said.
The department’s current pumper is a 1991 GMC Top Kick, which Hann indicated has seen better days.
“She’s working but we had lots of trouble with her last year,” the Fire Chief said. “We had to send her to Stephenville twice to get her transmission repaired, but she seems to be working good there now.
“We ended up getting a loan of one from the Marine Institute to help cover us off while she was out of service.”
As for the old truck, Hann is hoping the department can hold on to it as a back-up truck. He says their station has a two-bay garage to accommodate both.
Hann doesn’t have much information on the new truck; such as what make and model it will be, but says he expects to receive the specifications from the provincial government any day now. Hann also doesn’t know where it will come from. He says that is dependent on the tenders the government will receive in the coming months.
Parsons said the fire department is expected to work together with
the provincial government on the specifications, “because every community can change certain details of the truck, we’re talking water versus foam, versus whatever else.
He continued, “We told them that quicker we can get that done with you, the quicker we can put it up for tender. It’s not like it used to be, it used to be a little more complicated process where the department used to do one tender per multiple trucks, and now they’ll do them individually.”
Parsons said the rule of thumb for a community to receive a truck is usually a year to 18 months for delivery.
“So the quicker we can do the specs, the quicker we can move this along and get a new truck in Burgeo,” the MHA said. “It’s obviously needed and when you look at that community’s particular circumstances, that they are either a ferry ride or 200 kilometre drive to the nearest community, adding working equipment makes all the difference.”
Parsons concluded, “The Burgeo Fire Department does a lot of work on the road in terms of vehicle accidents. They have a really strong department down there, they do a lot of fundraising, they do a lot of training so I was really excited to be a part of making it happen.”
Burgeo-LaPoile MHA Andrew Parsons (holding the microphone) announced during this year’s Sand and Sea Festival that Burgeo will be getting a new fire truck. Holding the photo of the new fire truck are Deputy Chief Dave Macdonald and Fire Chief Glen Hann (right).