Ed­die Joyce fires back at Fen­wick on lack of fire re­sponse is­sue

‘We can­not or­der a town to of­fer fire ser­vices with­out com­pen­sa­tion’

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

Ed­die Joyce, min­is­ter of Fire Ser­vices NL, said when peo­ple like Peter Fen­wick place the blame of lack of fire re­sponse in cer­tain ar­eas of the prov­ince on the govern­ment they are set­ting a dou­ble stan­dard.

Us­ing the chair of the South­west Coast Joint Coun­cil’s own words that “many mat­ters are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of towns, in­clud­ing fire­fight­ing,” he said that’s ex­actly right.

The is­sue came up last week af­ter a fire on Tourout’s Lane in Pic­cadilly, when the Lour­des Re­gional Fire Depart­ment wouldn’t re­spond be­cause the prop­erty was not on their fire pro­tec­tion list and be­ing paid for.

Joyce said Fen­wick sug­gested the prov­ince should force peo­ple in un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­ni­ties to have this ser­vice, just as it did for waste dis­posal fees.

The min­is­ter said this is dif­fer­ent and it comes down to be­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the town next door to of­fer th­ese ser­vices, es­pe­cially since the ser­vice is en­tirely vol­un­tary.

Joyce said it’s up to the peo­ple in an un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­nity if they want fire pro­tec­tion, and a neigh­bour­ing town’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide it, but it’s all in­cum­bent on the peo­ple in those ar­eas.

Joyce said he and mem­bers of his depart­ment would be will­ing to meet with the peo­ple in those ar­eas to try to work some­thing out, but there has to be will­ing­ness in the un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­nity to com­pen­sate the fire ser­vice.

“Fire de­part­ments need com­pen­sa­tion to help them out and it has to come from the com­mu­nity.” Ed­die Joyce, min­is­ter of Fire Ser­vices NL

“We can­not or­der a town to of­fer fire ser­vices with­out com­pen­sa­tion,” Joyce said.

He said this sit­u­a­tion is not unique to the Port au Port Penin­sula area, as there have been sim­i­lar in­ci­dents near Cor­ner Brook and on the east coast of the prov­ince where no tax struc­tures are in place.

“Fire de­part­ments need com­pen­sa­tion to help them out and it has to come from the com­mu­nity,” Joyce said.

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