Wel­come ad­di­tion from IOC

Labrador West Ground Search and Res­cue pre­sented with ve­hi­cle to as­sist their ef­forts

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

In this prov­ince, an am­bu­lance has a life span of 10 years. Af­ter that, it can no longer be used as an am­bu­lance, even if it has few miles and is in tip­top con­di­tion.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t be re­pur­posed, which hap­pened in Labrador West re­cently.

The Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada (IOC) re­cently do­nated a used am­bu­lance to the Labrador West Ground Search and Res­cue (LWGSR) team.

Craig Porter, team com­man­der of LWGSR, ac­cepted the keys from Ken Whit­ten, su­per­in­ten­dent of emer­gency and security ser­vices at IOC.

“This ve­hi­cle should serve ground search and res­cue well,” Whit­ten said. “This unit has only about 18,000 kilo­me­tres on it and has been very well main­tained.”

Porter noted that the unit has seat­ing for six and has room for equip­ment, which will en­able them to de­ploy a rapid re­sponse to calls.

“This 4 x4 diesel pow­ered ve­hi­cle will en­hance re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity of our teams 27,000 square km ser­vice area,” he told The Aurora.

The GSR ser­vice area is within the prov­ince and into neigh­bor­ing Que­bec.

Porter also says for the vol­un­teer group to pur­chase such an as­set on their own would be al­most im­pos­si­ble, since they spend so much time in train­ing, search­ing and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ve­hi­cle will also be re­fit­ted with LWGSR iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

MIKE POWER — SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

A re­tired Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada am­bu­lance was do­nated to Labrador West Ground Search and Res­cue Sept. 10.

MIKE POWER — SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Craig Porter (left), team com­man­der of Labrador West Ground Search and Res­cue, ac­cepts the keys for a ve­hi­cle do­nated by the Iron Ore Com­pany of Canada (IOC) from Ken Whit­ten, su­per­in­ten­dent of Emer­gency and Security Ser­vices with IOC.

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