New pumper truck for Bur­geo

Fire De­part­ment will get its new truck prom­ises MHAs dur­ing an­nual Sand and Sea cel­e­bra­tion.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page - BY MARTINE BLUE mar­tineblue­news@gmail.com

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.”

Cost share

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.

Bet­ter days

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.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

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.”

STEVEN HISCOCK/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

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).

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