Municipal Affairs
July 11, 2007

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services to Benefit from Renewed Provincial Funding Initiatives

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services (NLAFS) will benefit from a number of Provincial Government initiatives announced at the association�s annual convention in Corner Brook recently.

The Honourable Jack Byrne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced $108,000 in funding to support a multitude of programs and initiatives to strengthen fire protection services, and to address concerns raised by volunteer firefighters in the province. The investment also includes the implementation of a pilot program and enhanced accidental death coverage.

"Our government�s core focus to strengthening fire services within our province is evident in this funding," said Minister Byrne. "The $108,000 in direct funding will benefit administrative, program, and training initiatives and represents an important investment in fire services on behalf of the Provincial Government."

Minister Byrne announced in his keynote address to the association the Provincial Government�s commitment to a range of issues previously raised by the association. These initiatives include increases in operating grants, program funding and supplementary insurance coverage for volunteer firefighters. Among the 2007-08 initiatives and programs:

  • $41,000 annual operating grant (increase of $11,000 from 2006);
  • $61,000 annual operating grant for the Learn Not to Burn Program (increase of $11,000 from 2006);
  • $6,500 to aid in the relocation of the NLAFS administrative office;
  • The implementation of a pilot program for municipal compensation when fire departments respond outside their own municipal boundaries;
  • Funding provision for fire departments that wish to participate in regional two-day training programs (to be administered through Fire and Emergency Services � Newfoundland and Labrador);
  • Accidental death coverage from $100,000 to $200,000; and,
  • The issuance of volunteer fire service licence plates in fall 2007.
  • "We are totally delighted by government�s recommitment of essential funding for our association in 2007-08," says Richard Murphy, president of the NLAFS. Mr. Murphy went on to say that his association and the Provincial Government have enjoyed a very positive and productive relationship in recent years. "Our entire membership is grateful for the Provincial Government�s support, and we look forward to advancing all of our programs and collective initiatives in the coming months."

    "Firefighters provide an indispensable service to the many towns and communities in the province, and the Provincial Government remains committed to their continued success," added Minister Byrne. "We are proud to support the men and women who have the strength and courage to protect our communities and this commitment will allow their association to better enable their members to do so."


    Media contact:

    Heather MacLean
    Director of Communications
    Department of Municipal Affairs
    709-729-1983, 690-2498 

    2007 07 11                                                      12:45 p.m.


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