August 16, 2007
$1.7 Million Investment in Fire Equipment
An investment of $1,745,300 in support of emergency equipment will provide improved fire protection services for communities throughout the province. Today, the Honourable Jack Byrne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced the approval to purchase nine vehicles to aid with fire response in the province.
Through the 2007-08 Municipal Capital Works Program, the communities of Burin, Flatrock, Deer Lake, Humber Arm South, La Scie, Lawn, Musgravetown, Southern Harbour and Springdale will purchase fire protection equipment through cost-shared projects between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and their respective municipalities. The equipment was identified as part of the Budget 2007 process and includes:
"Dependable and effective fire equipment provides municipalities with the capability to provide an essential life-saving service to their residents," said Minister Byrne. "We have a duty to provide the men and women providing the invaluable service of protecting our homes with the necessary equipment they need to do their job safely and effectively. The Department of Municipal Affairs and Fire and Emergency Services � Newfoundland and Labrador see great value in these strategic investments on behalf of the province."
The Municipal Capital Works Program is an infrastructure program which supports municipal infrastructure projects, including fire equipment. In 2007-08, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador earmarked $34.2 million in support of the program.
"The Provincial Government continues to recognize the pressing need for enhanced fire equipment around Newfoundland and Labrador," said Richard Murphy, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services. "The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services is pleased by the continual efforts of this government to recognize and react to the demands of this service sector."
"Government will continue to invest in necessary equipment that will lessen the effect of fires and emergency situations for residents of our great province," added Minister Byrne. "We remain committed to keeping our people safe and secure in their communities, and today�s announcement allows for just that."
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