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December 7, 2010

Robert’s Arm Fire Department Receives Equipment Funding

The Provincial Government is providing $8,967 in funding to a fire department in the District of Grand Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South. The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services, today announced funding for Robert’s Arm Fire Department to assist in acquiring new bunker suits and air cylinders.

“Fire departments and municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador work for the betterment and protection of our residents,” said Minister O’Brien. “This funding is the latest announcement in our government’s ongoing effort to strengthen and enhance fire and emergency services throughout the province, which, as minister, continues to be one of my top priorities.”

The funding, which provides for firefighting equipment with a focus on personal protection, is administered through Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador.

“I am very pleased for the wonderful volunteers of the Robert's Arm Fire Department,” said Ray Hunter, MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South. “These brave individuals provide a vital service for their neighbours and community, so it is very important that we consider and ensure their safety as well.”

Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future doubled the investment in firefighting equipment from $500,000 to $1 million, while also increasing expenditures on firefighting vehicles to a total of $2.5 million. Funding for Robert’s Arm Fire Department will be shared between the Provincial Government and the municipal council under the 90/10 cost-shared ratio established through the Municipal Capital Works Program, for a total project cost over $10,000.

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Media contact:

Cheryl Gullage
Public Relations Specialist
Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-0857, 631-9962
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 12 07                                                   9:45 a.m.

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